NBC'S "The Biggest Loser" Season 14 kicked off in early January 2013 with the return of Jillian Michaels and a big, bold mission: to tackle the childhood obesity epidemic head-on by featuring kid participants (ages 13-17) for the first time ever in addition to adult contestants. Michaels joined popular returning trainers and top fitness experts Bob Harper and Dolvett Quince.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2-19 years are obese, with obesity prevalence among children and adolescents almost tripling since 1980. With childhood obesity at an all-time high, jeopardizing the health of kids and future generations, "The Biggest Loser" is committed to fighting this epidemic by featuring children on Season 14 to serve as ambassadors of change who can inspire kids all over the country to get healthy.
Contestants were divided into three teams in Season 14 - supervised by trainers Harper, Michaels and Quince. Each trainer/team was paired with at least one child participant (age 13-17) who competed with and contributed to their respective teams, but the kids were not be eligible for elimination. They worked at both the ranch and at home, and their progress was featured in every episode. The trainers and Biggest Loser medical staff as well as behind-the-scenes childhood obesity experts helped the children get healthy, achieve their personal goals and transform their lives during the course of the season.
"The Biggest Loser" is a production of Shine America, 25/7 Productions and 3 Ball Productions. Dave Broome, Eden Gaha, Paul Franklin, Todd Lubin, Lisa Hennessy, Ben Silverman, JD Roth and Todd A. Nelson are the executive producers.