Portland woman drops 116 pounds, comes up short on Biggest Loser
Four Portland residents were part of the 11th season of the popular NBC television show 'The Biggest Loser,' which held its finale live Tuesday night from Hollywood.
Irene Alvarado, 26, a Portland State student and LaSalle High School alum, was one of three finalists.
During the dramatic weigh-ins as part of the finale, Alvarado weighed 139 pounds, or 116 less than when she walked on to the Biggest Loser Ranch at 255. But, her 45.49 percent weight loss came up just short among the three finalists.
Olivia Ward dropped 129 pounds, or 49.4 percent from an original 261 to win the show's $250,000 prize for being the biggest loser of weight. Her sister, Hannah Curlee, lost 120 pounds, or 48.39 percent from an original 248.
"This has been an incredible experience," Alvarado said, before the weigh-in. "Now I feel like I've been able to break through walls, let myself feel and be proud of what I've done."
Alvarado's mother, Ana Alvarado, who was sent home after the first week of competition, lost 109 pounds, weighing 146 after an original 255 (42.75 percent weight loss). "All but one week at home!" she exclaimed, of her weight loss.
The two other Portland residents also weighed-in. Arthur Wornum, the largest contestant ever in "Biggest Loser" history at 507 pounds, lost 163 pounds to finish at 344 or 32.15 percent. His father Jesse Wornum, weighed in at 210 pounds, 83 fewer than when he stepped on to the ranch at 293 (28.33 percent).
"It was easy," said Arthur, who originally weighed 646 pounds before beginning his weight-loss journey - so, it's 302 pounds lost. "This is my rebirth. Arthur is reborn now."
Said Jesse: "Look at my boy! Look at my boy! Look at me!"
Deni Hill won the "at-home" prize of $100,000, losing 125 pounds, or 48.83 percent of her original weight (256 down to 131).