'Biggest Loser' finalist speaks in Edmond

Hannah Curlee, 31, seldom stopped moving during her talk at the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Conference for Women on Friday at the University of Central Oklahoma. She lost 120 pounds as a result of her time on “The Biggest Loser” reality show.
by Diana Baldwin Published: November 17, 2012
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Eat less and move more is a daily goal for Hannah Curlee, who lost 120 pounds as a result of her time on “The Biggest Loser” reality show.

Dressed in a black outfit that showed her new figure, Curlee, the first runner-up in season 11 of the show, seldom stopped moving as she spoke Friday at the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Conference for Woman.

The 31-year-old weighed 248 when her sister, Olivia Ward, signed her up for the show, which aired in 2011. Curlee said she is half the woman she used to be, or more specifically, 51.6 percent of her former body weight.

She was joined at the conference by Oklahoma City police officers and twins Dan and Don Evans, who also were contestants on the show with Curlee.

The three stood proudly and told how their biggest accomplishment is to still keep the weight off.

Capt. Dan Evans said he was his heaviest at 427 pounds. His brother, a lieutenant in investigations, weighted 407 pounds. Together, they lost 256 pounds on the show.

“I could do my job, but I couldn't do it well,” Dan Evans said. “I was functionally fat. It was very taxing.”

Curlee, from Houston, was a homecoming queen and accomplished athlete before an accident at age 20 that resulted in back surgery and years of an unhappy life while battling her addiction to food.

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by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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