The Biggest Loser focuses on overweight and obese contestants attempting to lose the most weight in order to win a $250,000 grand prize.
Roberto Hernandez of Burbank is a 36-year-old husband and father of three boys. Hernandez is an educator at Morton High School in Cicero who teaches physical education and health classes.
At 5 feet 6 inches tall and 348 pounds, Hernandez suffers from high cholesterol and hypertension. Hernandez wishes to live healthier and is “ready to lose weight for his family and for his career, since it is difficult as a PE teacher to encourage his students to be fit and active when he is not a healthy role model,” according to his bio on the show’s website.
The 16 contestants this season will be divided into eight teams of two. Hernandez will be paired with his twin brother Luis, who like Roberto is a PE teacher. The Hernandez brothers will train together but will compete as individuals.
“It was Luis who first applied in 2013 to be on the weight-loss competition show. While talking to the casting team, he mentioned having a twin and was asked to bring him along. It was determined they’d be a better fit on one of the seasons that focuses on pairs of contestants,” the Sun-Times reported.
The Biggest Loser's website says, “The theme this season is temptation, and contestants will learn how to deal with all kinds of temptations in the real world, ranging from food to money to electronic devices. Players will be spending more time off-campus than in previous seasons, learning to face a variety of temptations head-on and navigate the many challenges that can be stumbling blocks to living a healthy lifestyle.”
The 17th season of The Biggest Loser premiers Monday, Jan. 4 at 8 p.m. on NBC.
Hometown: Burbank, Illinois
Occupation: Physical/health/driver's education teacher
Starting Weight: 348
Roberto Hernandez was born and raised in Cicero, Illinois, growing up with his twin brother and teammate, Luis, and two older brothers. Though he has been overweight his whole life, he was active in sports, playing football for four years in high school, two years in college and three years on a semi-pro football team. He and his twin were the first in their family to attend college. Roberto got his undergraduate degree in exercise science at Millikin University and then studied school administration in graduate school at Governors State University. "I have wanted to get healthy every day of my life," he says, "but it never seemed reachable." Now he's ready to lose weight for his family and for his career, since it is difficult as a PE teacher to encourage his students to be fit and active when he is not a healthy role model. The husband and father of three boys is 36 years old, 348 pounds and suffering from high cholesterol and hypertension. Once he loses the weight, Roberto looks forward to training for an Ironman competition, running a marathon and riding a motorcycle without people laughing at him.