David Brown, of Edmond, may not be “The Biggest Loser” of the show's 15th season, but Brown said he became a winner when he faced his fears — standing in line to audition for the show.
“Tonight was not the winning step; the winning step was the first one,” Brown told “Biggest Loser” host Alison Sweeney, before the final weigh-in during the finale.
His starting weight was 409. He lost a total of 222 pounds, weighing 187 at the final weigh-in. He lost 54.28 percent of his initial weight and placed second.
The title of “Biggest Loser” went to Rachel Frederickson, 24, of Los Angeles. Frederickson lost 155 pounds, going from 260 pounds to a thin 105 pounds on her 5-foot-4-inch frame.
Twitter was alight with concern over Frederickson's seemingly unhealthy, too-thin appearance.
The third finalist, Bobby Saleem, 28, of Chicago, lost 52.51 percent of his original 358 pounds.
“‘Defeat' was something that was in my vocabulary but look at me now,” Brown said during the finale.
Dr. Robert Huizenga told Brown during a final examination on the show that he'd lost seven buckets of fat. Brown said in an earlier interview with The Oklahoman that he started the show as the unhealthiest contestant, taking up to nine medications daily to control his high blood pressure, diabetes, hypertension and other conditions. After losing weight, he said he is now medication-free.
Tumi Oguntala, 41, of Clifton Park, N.Y., won $100,000 as the “At Home” weight loss winner. She lost 175 pounds, 54.86 percent of her original 319 pounds. Hers was the highest weight loss percentage of the 12 contestants who had been eliminated before the finale.