Chicago Jan 9, 2013 – This “looser” has a winning attitude and is up to BIG things. Tanya Winfield “Biggest Looser” contestant has been voted Fan Favorite on a show that has over 6.5 Million viewers. There’s only three weeks left until the winner is announced. The Grand Finale Episode is Feb 4. Watch and show your support as she continues to lose weight. The finale airs Tuesday 8 pm EST / 7 p.m. CST or watch it on NBC.com. Here’s a snap shot of this fierce competitor.
Hometown: Plainfield, Ill. (outside of Chicago)
Occupation: Chief Operating Officer of a Harold’s Chicken Restaurant Franchise Goal after the show: To launch a chain of healthy soul food restaurants
Tanya Winfield tried out for the show hoping to drastically change her lifestyle and reverse the effects of poor eating habits and a sedentary life. She also hopes to reduce the risk of childhood obesity and diabetes in her 2-year-old daughter, who was born weighing 11 pounds, 6 oz. The oldest of nine children, Tanya was born and raised primarily in Chicago and attended De Paul University.
She has been overweight most of her life, but overcame the challenges of having a drug-addicted teen mother to become very successful professionally, now working as the COO of a popular restaurant franchise. When a family friend died at age 36 from weight-related issues, she knew she could meet the same fate if she didn’t change her life. The focus on childhood obesity in season 14 of “The Biggest Loser” also had a big impact. “The statistics really hit home for me by reminding me of my toddler’s birth weight and the high risk involved,” she says. “I refuse to allow her to be a statistic and understand that it starts with me.”
Tanya had gestational diabetes when pregnant with both of her daughters, now ages 2 and 20, and she also has a 23-year-old son. Currently 41 years old and loosing weight daily, Tanya is excited about the journey to get healthy. “The rest of my life will be the best of my life,” she says. She looks forward to keeping up with her active toddler, and being confident enough to date and hopefully remarry someday.
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