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'The Biggest Loser' teen Sanjana "Sunny" Chandrasekar: Nobody pushed me to do the show


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 12/31/2012 

Sanjana "Sunny" Chandrasekar, a 16-year-old eleventh-grader from Rochester, NY, has opened up about why she chose to appear on The Biggest Loser this upcoming season and what her experience on the show was like.

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"The choice to be on the show was completely mine. Nobody pushed me to do it. I just felt like I was at a point in my life where I was ready to seek out some help and to change my life and hopefully change the lives of my family, and my community," Chandrasekar said during a recent conference call with reporters.

"And so, I reached out to The Biggest Loser and I just told them about myself, and I guess since then, my journey has been totally real. There is nothing fake about it. I've made changes in my life. I've tried new things, I've tried dancing classes. I've continued to play the sports that I love including tennis, and I found ways to kind of fit in a healthy lifestyle into like my regular routine."

Chandrasekar said she wanted to lose weight in order to "keep up with" school and friends and be able to participate in "normal stuff that teenagers like to do."

"[The show]'s actually been a really great experience. They haven't pushed me to do anything that I wasn't comfortable with doing. And so far, I feel great. I feel healthy; I feel happy. And I'm just ready to continue this journey until the end," she explained.

Chandrasekar then proudly shared with reporters that she started off The Biggest Loser running a 13-minute mile and can now run a mile in nine minutes and 42 seconds.

In addition to the 15 adult contestants to be featured on The Biggest Loser's fourteenth season, the reality weight-loss competition will also be attempting to tackle childhood obesity by featuring a group of teenagers 13-17 years of age for the first time in the show's history.

The teens will not be eligible for elimination nor will they weigh-in on-camera each week during the season. However, they will still train on the ranch with either Jillian Michaels, Bob Harper or Dolvett Quince alongside a team of adults and then apply lessons learned in their normal everyday lives at home.

Childhood obesity expert and pediatrician Dr. Joanna Dolgoff will assist the kids in getting healthy and achieving their personal goals.

(Photo credit NBC)


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