BATTLING Kevin McLernon has survived another week after millions of TV viewers tuned in to see his battle with the bulge.
Last night’s episode of The Biggest Loser saw the Sunderland man win through a gruelling ordeal to keep his place in the fat fighting house.
In the fourth episode of the hit ITV series the contestants were split up from their partners into three teams, with Kevin, 38, being placed in the blue team and his niece, Amy, 23, being put in the black team.
In the latest challenge the teams had to work together to pull a heavy vehicle and it was the blue team which were victorious and their reward was letters from home.
Speaking to the Echo today, Kevin said: “It was awesome to win the challenge, it felt so good. Before I went into the Biggest Loser house I said I really wasn’t bothered about letters from home, I thought they might just distract me.
“But I couldn’t believe how emotional I was, it was fantastic to read all the support and encouragement from everyone at home.”
Kevin, who weighed in at 32st 2lb when he started the Biggest Loser, is the heaviest-ever competitor on the ITV1 show, hosted by Davina McCall.
The property developer, who lives with his partner Joanne in Dovedale Road, Seaburn, said he had tried diets for years but had never kept the weight off and his eating habits just spiralled out of control.
He said: “I was working really unsociable hours and just not eating the right things or taking care of myself.
“Joanne works on evenings and weekends and while she was out I would order big takeaways. I just took my eye off the ball and eventually I became so overwhelmed by the size I was I just didn’t know where to start.”
Kevin knew his niece Amy, who lives in South Shields with her partner, Chris, 23, and young son, Christopher, was unhappy with her weight and asked if she would like to be his partner on the show.
He said: “When I got the call saying they would like us to go into the Biggest Loser house, it was like winning the lottery. I could see a cloud lift off Joanne, because she had been so worried about me.”
Kevin, who says life in the Biggest Loser house is actually much tougher than it seems on television, has already vowed never to go back to his old ways.