When you hear the name Ruben Studdard, you might think of him as the "Velvet Teddy Bear" or the "American Idol" champion. For Ruben, however, those professional successes belong on the backstage for now so that he can concentrate on a personal concern: Diabetes, reported NBC News on October 21.
In a sneak peek clip of "The Biggest Loser" episode airing October 22 on NBC, Ruben learns that he has Type 2 diabetes in a meeting with Dr. Robert Huizenga and trainer Dolvett Quince, who serves as one of the show's medical experts.
"I most definitely want to be around for a long time," Studdard emphasizes. He's worked hard for his career, and he wants the chance to reap his hard-earned rewards.
Reflecting on the opportunity to participate on "The Biggest Loser," Studdard adds, "This has really, like, given me a second chance."
Studdard previously has been open about his "family history of diabetes and high blood pressure." He knows that he has a ticking time bomb unless he takes off some of his excess weight. In a previous interview, he described being on the show as a "Godsend" (read the details by clicking here).
And he hopes that the reality TV weight loss show will make the difference because, as he said candidly, "I'm fat!"
Thus far, it's working. During the first show, Studdard lost 21 pounds. He began the show at 462 pounds.
Did you miss the premiere of the show? Don't worry: You can enjoy the full recap by clicking here.