Jeremy Britt lost 199 pounds to become 'The Biggest Loser'by jmaloni
Former professional wrestler Kim Nielsen named runner up; Mike Messina wins "At Home" prize of $100,000 among eliminated contestants
Jeremy Britt, a 23-year-old banker from Rockford, Mich., became "The Biggest Loser" at Tuesday's live season finale of the NBC series, winning $250,000. He began season 13 weighing 389 lbs. and lost 199 lbs. He weighed in at finale at 190 lbs. and lost 51.16 percent of his body weight.
The runner up among the three finalists was former professional wrestler and single mother of three, Kim Nielsen, who began the show at 252 lbs. and weighed 134 at finale. She lost 118 pounds and 46.83 percent of her body weight. Coming in third was winner Jeremy's sister, Conda Britt, a nutrition health services tech who lost 115 lbs. and 39.12 percent of her body weight. She started the show at 294 lbs. and weighed 179 lbs. at finale. Jeremy and Conda were the last original team standing among the 10 teams of contestants who were on season 13.
The winner of this season's $100,000 "at home" prize among eliminated contestants went to 41-year-old Mike Messina, a cook from Oakland who was eliminated in the second episode. He began the show weighing 358 lbs. and ended at 198 lbs., losing 160 lbs. and 44.69 percent of his body weight.
Also at the live finale, runner-up Kim was announced as the winner of the PALA (Presidential Active Lifestyle Award) challenge, a contestant competition announced by first lady Michelle Obama during the makeover episode. PALA is a six-week, pledge-based program designed to get both adults and children more physically active and healthy, and Obama challenged the players to see who can get the most people to sign up under their names on www.nbc.com/pala. Planet Fitness will donate $30,000 worth of gym equipment to Kim's hometown so that her whole community can get active, too.