‘Biggest Loser’ Fab Five share past experiences

By Rhea Manila Santos, Push.com.ph

Posted at Oct 02 2011 12:02 PM | Updated as of Oct 02 2011 11:02 PM

"The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition" finalists

MANILA, Philippines – As the country’s biggest reality TV show comes to an exciting finish, “The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition’s” Fab Five finalists recounted to the local media how hard it was for them having to deal with obesity so early on in their lives.

Negros Occidental resident Raffy said he has always been one of the heaviest in his group of friends, which was why he was almost resigned to the fact that he would always be overweight.

“Ever since bata ako, mataba na ako. Grade six pa lang ako, nasa 170 na ata ako eh. Tapos nung year 2006 dun ako nag-220 pounds tapos pataas na ng pataas hanggang na-reach ko yung 280 plus,” he revealed.

Camarines Sur native Hazel shared she does not remember ever being thin since her days as an elementary student.

”Nag-start kasi ako maging mataba nung grade four pa lang ako and then patuloy na yung weight ko sa pag-increase. Hindi ko na-experience my whole life kung paano maging normal na teenager kasi growing up lahat panunukso and everything. So growing up malaki na talaga ako,” she shared.

Twenty six-year-old Angela said she knew she was overweight from as far as she could remember.

“Ever since talaga, pagkapanganak ko pa lang, mataba na ako. Lumalaki ako na sinasabi ko lang na nasa genes ko lang pero hindi siya talaga nasa genes. Palaki lang ako nang palaki. Mas maliit ako ngayon kesa nung kinasal ako at kesa nung high school ako,” she admitted.

Bar owner and entrepreneur Art said there was a time in his life when he did lose weight because of fitness.

But he was just not able to sustain it, so all the weight he lost abroad came back when he returned to the country.

“Simula nung bata pa ako, mataba na talaga ako. Pero for a few years nagiging fit ako pero hindi kasing fit ng katulad ngayon. Those were the times na nag-te-train ako sa US pero after that bumalik lahat ng taba ko tapos nagdagdag pa. All the way to the point na ang highest weight ko was 360 pounds,” he said.

Former policeman Larry said gaining weight not just affected his self-confidence but also other aspects of his life, which is why he is intent on continually working toward getting a six-pack and his job back in law enforcement.

“Nung tumaba ako, nawala respect ko sa sarili ko at medyo wala nang control sa sarili. Kain na lang nang kain, bahala na. Puro inom, bisyo, ganun. Kaya siguro naabuso ko rin sarili ko na tumaba ako nang tumaba. Pero kasalanan ko kasi respeto ko sa sarili ko nawala,” he said.

Watch the final weigh-in for the Fab Five at the grand finale for “The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition” this coming October 8, Saturday at the Ynares Stadium in Pasig.