'Biggest Loser' sheds history-making 239 pounds

AP News
Posted: Dec 09, 2009 9:32 PM

The latest winner of NBC's "The Biggest Loser" is the biggest loser in the show's history. Danny Cahill, a 40-year-old land surveyor and musician from Broken Arrow, Okla., lost 239 pounds to win the $250,000 grand prize.

Cahill went from 430 pounds to 191 pounds, losing 55.58 percent of his body weight in six months and three weeks _ and breaking the record for the most weight lost by any contestant.

The Nielsen Co. said that with 13.4 million viewers, the season eight finale of "The Biggest Loser" on Tuesday night had the show's biggest audience in four years.

Erik Chopin, who won in 2006, held the previous record, dropping 214 pounds. He went from 407 pounds to 193 pounds.

In an interview Wednesday on the "Today" show, Cahill said his family motivated him to change his lifestyle.

NBC said season nine will premiere Jan. 5.


NBC is owned by General Electric Co.


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