When they started in February 2007, all six challengers were more than overweight—they were classified as obese. Additionally, they lived in danger of serious health problems because of elevated cholesterol, prediabetic conditions and nearly double normal body fat. All but Melissa had high blood pressure.
Days before their second weigh in, all six challengers returned to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago for another battery of tests with Dr. Martha Gulati.
"This group is amazing. … They're a cardiologist's dream as a group," Dr. Gulati says. "They've lost weight, their blood pressure's gotten better, their cholesterol's gotten better. If all of my patients would do what I say—eat right, exercise—this would be amazing. You guys were great."