Today, the combined weight of sisters Olivia Ward and Hannah Curlee is less than what Olivia alone weighed at the start of The Biggest Loser’s 11th season. OK! has an exclusive interview with the inspiring sisters in this week’s all-new issue — on sale everywhere Thursday!
Tipping the scales at 261 pounds, Olivia, a married New York opera singer, had been told by her doctor that she might never bear children if she didn’t change her life. So Olivia, 35, went on the weight-loss show and did just that. With Hannah (who, by age 32, had ballooned to 248 pounds) by her side, she dropped half her body weight to take home the $250,000 prize and this season’s bragging rights.
OK! spoke with Olivia and Hannah, who placed second on the show, about their spectacular transformations.
What brought you to The Biggest Loser?
Olivia: I like to control things in my life, but for me, food was the one area of my life where I could be out of control. Then last summer, I turned 35, and I started to panic. I felt like I had wasted all these years being overweight. I decided I did not want to live another day in that body. That’s when I reached out to The Biggest Loser.
Hannah: I was a college athlete, and all these people had such high hopes for me. [After I gained weight] if I saw someone from my past, I would duck into bathrooms. I was just in a funk. I thought, “I’m never going to have kids because no one is going to want to marry me.” It was just a vat of self-pity.
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