Michael Ventrella, 31, will be the first contestant to start the show weighing more than 500 pounds. His starting weight for The Biggest Loser Season 9 is 526 pounds. Michael, a D.J., hails from Chicago. The heaviest contestant prior to Ventrella was Shay Sorrells, of Newport Beach, California, who started season eight at 476 pounds.
Also competing in The Biggest Loser Season 9 will be 30-year-old identical twins from Florida, who will start out weighing more than 400 pounds each. James and John Crutchfield will begin season nine at 485 and 484 pounds.
There may be a new record for percentage of weight lost in the upcoming season of The Biggest Loser. The record was set at the end of season 8, when 40-year-old Danny Cahill weighed in at 239 pounds, down from his starting weight of 430, or about 55.6 percent of his total body weight. There's a good possibility that Michael Ventrella may beat that record in season nine.
The Biggest Loser airs on NBC. The show is being taped now and will air January 5, 2010.
Written by Cheryl Phillips