The Edmond Sun

February 5, 2014

Edmond’s David Brown shines on ‘The Biggest Loser’

Patty Miller
Special to The Sun

EDMOND — The biggest loser of the show of the same name may not be Edmond’s David Brown, but he is a winner none-the-less.

While standing on stage getting ready for his final weigh-in Brown said, “We are all winners tonight, confetti will fall on all of us.”

Brown, a project manager from Edmond, gained the second place berth by losing 54.28 percent of his initial weight. With a starting weight of 409 pounds, Brown lost a total of 222 pounds, for a final weigh-in weight of 187.

In a final examination, Dr. Robert Huizenga gave Brown seven large buckets and told him that was how much actual fat he had lost.

Brown said facing his fears and taking that first step and auditioning for the show, now in its 15th season, was when he became a winner.

“Tonight was not the winning step; the winning step was the first one,” Brown told “The Biggest Loser” host Alison Sweeney, before the finale weigh-in.

In an earlier interview with The Sun Brown said he saw where the tiniest amount of hope can change horizons, how a “dream” can give new life to faded vision, and how a little faith can lead to amazing transformations.

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.

The “At Home” weight loss winner was Tumi Oguntala, 41, a brand strategist from Clifton Park, N.Y. She originally weighed in at 319 pounds and lost 175 pounds, leaving her final weigh-in weight at 144 pounds.

Of the 12 contestants who had been eliminated before the finale, Oguntala had the highest weight loss percentage 54.86 percent of her original weight.