Potential future Biggest Losers and Jillian Michaels fans are about to receive some crushing news. The popular fitness trainer just announced that she is leaving The Biggest Loser to have children, according to Us Magazine.
“I want to take a year off TV and focus on becoming a mommy and doing more charity work,” she Tweeted earlier this week.
Part of a large, close knit, Cuban extended family, the Alvarez family of Hialeah Gardens, Florida have a growing problem. Their son, David Jr, is already pre-diabetic. David Jr. is only nine-years-old but unfortunately is already well on the way to health complications due to his weight.
David Jr. already suffers taunts at school about his size, and his angry reactions to being teased have got him into trouble. He is tired of being teased, he wants it to stop, but one of his biggest problems is his father, David Sr who tops the scales at 328 pounds and has sleep apnea, due to his weight.
David Sr. is overweight but he fails to see that it is a problem that needs to be fixed. David Jr. idolizes his father, so Jillian needs David Sr. to admit there is a problem before she can do anything to help the family.
On episode seven of Losing it with Jillian, we were introduced to the Franklin family, a Detroit family of four who are resistant to change.
Todd is the father who is overweight, a binge-eater and has weight-related sleep apnea. Amy, the mother, underwent gastric bypass surgery a few years back, but after her start-up business went into the red, she put back on the weight and started smoking again. Their two daughters, Lily and Chloe, are concerned over their parents’ health and don’t want to follow in their footsteps.
Jillian steps in to take back the reins with the Franklins. Unearthing jars of candy, packs of cigarettes and junk food in the kitchen pantry, Jillian does a clean sweep and delivers a strong message to the Franklins: Shape up or your health is going to continue to spiral out of control.
On episode six of Losing it with Jillian, Jillian heads to Camp Verde, Arizona, to help a Native American family learn how to follow a better lifestyle.
The Plunkett-Marquez family are leaders of the Yavapai-Apache Nation tribe. The family consists of grandma Delores, the mother, Cora-Lei, 15-year-old son Brandon, seven-year-old daughter Katie and Cora-lei’s sister, Delight. Cora-Lei’s husband, Brian, has been in Iraq with the Marines for the past year and the family has rallied to support her and their three kids. All of the family members are overweight and have or are at risk for diabetes.
According to the American Diabetes Association, Native Americans are at greater risk for having the disease than anyone. While six percent of the American population has diabetes, the prevalence of diabetes among Native Americans is twice as high.
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The fifth week of Losing It with Jillian might have been one of the best yet. While each is moving and motivating for their own specific reasons, this one had a lot of heart.