Julie Hadden, one of the most successful and memorable contestants ever on NBC's The Biggest Loser, struggled with her self-worth and her size for years. At age thirty-four she found herself at a crossroads: would she settle for staying 'big' the rest of her life, or would she insist on making big changes instead? Reality-TV fans know which path Julie chose. When she stepped on the scale at the show's season-four finale, being named the “Biggest Female Loser” of the season and revealing she had lost an astounding 45 percent of her body weight, she simultaneously stepped into the world's collective heart.
Julie's journey on The Biggest Loser chronicled her emotional battle with obesity on national television for the entire world to see. It was previously a private struggle that became very public. The experience helped birth her new physique, but the transformation went far deeper than that. From displeasure to contentment, from indulgence to self-control, from shame to self-confidence every step along renovation's path, Julie sensed that God was hard at work.
She has appeared on Access Hollywood, Extra, Inside Edition, Entertainment Tonight, E! Entertainment Television, the Canadian television show "Reality Obsessed", The Larry King Live Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The 700 Club and in numerous other magazines and print publications throughout the U.S. and abroad.
She has worked as a special correspondent for “Got Milk?” and writes a weekly article for Guideposts.com. Julie feels compelled to “pay it forward” as she shares her story and provides inspiration on healthy living, fitness and how extraordinary things really do happen to ordinary people. But she's quick to tell you that being on reality TV isn't the "extraordinary" thing that happened to her. It's the total transformation: body, mind and spirit that came from her experience.
Relying on her classic humor and penetrating candor, Julie offers audiences of all shapes and sizes an intimate portrayal of a once-fat woman who sweated and slogged her way toward thin. She marries introspection with inspiration and teachable moments when she shares; and she endears her audience to the her firsthand experience, while motivating them to make healthy changes of their own.
Julie is the author of “Fat Chance: Losing the Weight, Gaining My Worth” released by Guideposts Books in December 2009. She is a wife and mother of two sons.