Her name is a household word, but Jillian Michaels, personal trainer on TV’s “Biggest Loser” never started out to be famous. She rose up from obscure beginnings to take the weight loss industry by storm and become one of the stars of the popular show.
Born in Los Angeles in February 1974, she remembers her childhood as an unhappy time. Her mother, Jo Ann McKarus, worked as a psychotherapist and her father was a lawyer. She has a brother George and half sister Lauren.
Jillian told Abby Ellin in an interview for “Redbook Magazine” that she went into therapy at age five for night terrors. She worried about sharks coming from the drain in the tub and space aliens coming to take her away.
She suffered much trauma stemming from her parent’s divorce when she was twelve years old. At age 12, she stood five foot tall and weighed 175 pounds making her 65 pounds overweight. A year later, her mother enrolled her in a martial arts class 17 years ago. It was there that she began to lose weight and feel better about herself. She pledged to help others lose weight, get fit, and find their own path to happiness
When Jillian was 17, her mother kicked her out and she was on her own. She and her mother fought constantly for years before that.
Learning to survive
Jillian got a job reading scripts for a movie studio, preferring life behind a desk to working in public where she would be conscious of her weight. She continued her Martial Arts program and earned black belts in two types of fighting, Muay Thai and Akarui-Do.
Remembering her vow to help others, she also studied to become a personal trainer.
In 2004, at age 30, Jillian auditioned for the show “Biggest Loser.” The producers chose her as one of the personal trainers on the reality show that features groups of overweight people competing to lose the most weight to win a large money prize for being the “biggest loser.”
Each new season starts with a large group of morbidly obese hopefuls. Every week the players choose whom to eliminate of the two players who lose the smallest percentage of body weight and fall below the dreaded yellow line. Along the way, they find games they must try to win, and challenges at which they need to excel.
Jillian often coaxes the contestant’s stories out of them and helps them realize that their experiences of loss, sorrow, or shame often lead to their weight problems and poor health. To accomplish this she often gets in their face and screams at them to get their attention. Behind this “tough as nails” persona lurks a soft and caring person who wants the best from the contestants. Thirteen million viewers become emotionally involved with the players and their individual dramas, drawing them back week after week.
She became dissatisfied with the show’s portrayal of her and left in 2006 to work for the Australian version of the game, but returned to America in 2008.
A busy author, she wrote three best selling books on diet, health, and fitness “The Master Your Metabolism Cookbook,” “Master Your Metabolism and Make the Cut,” “Making the Cut: The 30-Day Diet and Fitness Plan for the Strongest, Sexiest You,” and also wrote “Winning by Losing.” She has produced DVDs and video games, and most recently, starred in a TV show called “Losing It with Jillian.” She moves in with obese families and supervises every aspect of their lives in an effort to help them succeed by losing.
She focuses on helping people reach personal and health goals: health, wellness, and weight loss, by eating right, following a fitness routine, and getting support when needed.
Jillian has never married but enjoys relationships with both sexes. In a February 2010 article in the “Ladies Home Journal,” she said, “I believe in healthy love. If I fall in love with a man, that’s awesome. If I fall in love with a woman, that’s awesome!”
She says she does not wish to give birth to a baby but may consider adopting a child sometime in the future. She told “Women’s Health” magazine, “I can’t handle doing that to my body. Also, when you rescue something, it’s like rescuing a part of yourself.”
Jillian is involved with several charitable organizations and is the spokesperson for the American Cancer Society.
Jillian exudes a blend of toughness and empathy that caused “Redbook” to call her the “drill-sergeant with a heart of gold.” Through it all, Jillian, the biggest loser, ends up as the biggest winner in success and life.
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