A father/daughter team from Ann Arbor will be part of the mix when NBC's weight-loss program "The Biggest Loser" starts its new season next month.
Darrell Hough and Andrea Hough are among 11 2-person teams that will compete to lose the most weight on the show, which begins its new season at 8 p.m. Jan. 5.
As described on the show's web site, "Darrell and Andrea are the fourth and fifth generation to carry on obesity in their family. If ever there was a time to change that, it is now. As great friends, this father and daughter team will show their ability to carry each other when times get hard and laugh at/with each other when necessary."
Darrell, 46 and 5 feet 10 inches, is a press operator/mechanic. His profile page
reads, "Although Darrell wants to live life to its fullest, his weight keeps him from doing this. Darrell has always been the largest in his family. As a child, when grandma came to visit, Darrell had no problem eating dozens of her delicious cookies. This habit has continued throughout his adult life. He has never been one to give up, but has tried every diet and exercise routine and he never seems to be able to stick with it. Darrell hopes to reclaim the years and quality of life that obesity has taken from him. He has been living behind the weight far too long and is ready to overcome and conquer this food addiction."
Daughter Andrea, age 24 and 5 feet 7 inches, works as an executive assistant. According to her profile page
, "Andrea has always been overweight, but did not start gaining weight consistently until after high school. Andrea played competitive sports all her life and now coaches softball. Family means everything to Andrea. However, at every family event, there is an enormous amount of food — it is how her family shows their love. Andrea is ready to show people that health matters. She has never been able to lose the weight on her own, but is finally ready to take the bull by the horns and shed the weight."
AnnArbor.com will follow Darrell and Andrea's progress once the show begins.
This area has seen several people appear on "The Biggest Loser." Pete Thomas of Ypsilanti, who won $100,000 on the show's second season, was recently featured on an update special.