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February 11, 2014

Huge crowd welcomes home ‘Biggest Loser’

David Brown shares weight-loss journey

EDMOND — David Brown took the stage Tuesday night at Life Church in Edmond telling the capacity audience that it was through their support and prayers that helped him through his darkest moments on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.”

And as a result he not only lost 222 pounds but he was able to accomplish something else. He says that experience helped him become a better man, husband and father.

Brown, an Edmond native, finished second on this season of the “The Biggest Loser” finishing just 20 pounds shy of claiming the final spot.

Rachel Frederickson, 24, a voice-over artist from Los Angeles, earned the title of “Biggest Loser” and $250,000 when she weighed in at 105 pounds. She lost 155 pounds from her original weigh-in of 260 pounds or 60 percent of her total body weight.  

The third finalist, Bobby Saleem, 28, a Chicago lawyer, weighed in at 188 pounds losing 52.51 percent of his original 358 pounds.

“I can’t begin to tell you how much your prayers, your support have reached out to me throughout this whole journey,” Brown told the crowd Tuesday night at his homecoming celebration. “It is has literally blown me away how people are so willing and so loving enough to care about the fight of one man and one family.”

Brown entered the competition weighing in at 409 pounds. Today, he weighs 187 pounds.

“It was a year ago that I was stuck in that rut in a place of depression and a place that I was never going to get past the hump with my health,” Brown said. “I didn’t realize how much un-health that I had and it wasn’t just the physical. The un-health permeated my life in business, relationships and the way that I felt about myself.”

Pastor Trevor Williams welcomed the crowd, some of whom came from out of state.

“I think it is incredible we celebrate (this) man’s story and what has happened in his life,” Williams said.

Brown gave away several T-shirts that he wore on the show. One went to a woman who traveled from Nevada and another went to a woman who lost 87 pounds.

Brown said the weight gain didn’t come overnight. He said it took a number of years of eating unhealthy and not exercising.

“When you have spent a large portion of your whole life unhealthy and that becomes your normal you don’t know how to feel good and you don’t know what it is like to have energy all of the time,” Brown said.

During the show he worked out anywhere from five to 10 hours per day. He said during the nine months of training he walked 2.2 million steps or 1,100 miles.

“That is roughly the distance between Los Angeles and Sherman, Texas,” Brown said.

During his presentation, Brown showed video snapshots of his life history, which included stories about meeting his first wife and having two daughters with her. He talked about her losing her battle with cancer and how that affected him.

Brown also discussed getting a second chance at love and marrying again and how that gave him inspiration to join “The Biggest Loser.” He is married to Melissa Brown and they have three daughters.

The hardest moments of the show happened off camera. Brown said it was during this time that the real transformation of his life began.

“The real transformation happened off camera usually in the middle of the night when I didn’t know how I was going to get out of bed the next day because of the soreness and the excruciating pain of working out hours and hours of the day,” he said. “My journey was one of hope, healing and ultimately health. Those are things that I will be talking about for the rest of my life to as many people as I can because it takes all three pieces in my experience to find that true health that we all want and desire.”

Brown has challenged his fellow Oklahomans to find health wiht him. More about his campaign can be found at his Facebook Fan Page at

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