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A new season of NBC's The Biggest Loser kicks off tonight, and this go-round of the weight-loss show will feature their heaviest contestant ever. And the fact that Michael Ventrella weighs in at 526 pounds has trainer Jillian Michaels concerned.
"The contestants keep getting bigger and bigger," she tells Ladies Home Journal. "As the trainers we have no say over the challenges. We worry about them too."
But the show's producer, Todd A. Nelson, says the show is doing everything they can to safely manage the medical conditions of the heaviest contestants, "and this allows us to fine-tune the process and reach out to a heavier population."
Michaels does defend the show, saying that there's much more taking care of the contestants than viewers at home actually get to see.
"You never see what's going on in its entirety," she says. "For every 10 minutes we're on the show, acting like insane people, there are a hundred hours of training you don't see. The stretching, the icing. Nobody wants to watch that."
"I'm passionate about helping people rebuild their lives," she says. "When someone feels strong physically, they feel strong in every aspect of their existence. If they have endurance and achieve in the gym, then I can redefine their entire self image. I can wipe away years of negativity."
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