Dan



Age: 54
Hometown: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Occupation: Police captain

Dan as born in Raleigh, North Carolina, and grew up with two brothers, including his identical twin and "Biggest Loser" teammate Don. As a child, he lived in several different states due to his father's Navy career and his parents' divorce when he was 6 years old. He attended college in Oklahoma, where he now resides, getting an associate's degree in police science from Oklahoma State University, and bachelor's and master's degrees in liberal studies from the University of Oklahoma. He wasn't overweight as a child or young adult, but his weight began to increase after he joined the police department in 1979. He began really gaining when he was 28 years old, due to poor eating habits, lack of exercise and a sedentary lifestyle. Dan had a son who died at age 24 in 2004, and also has a 9-year-old daughter. Now 54 years old and 287 pounds, with sleep apnea and high blood pressure, Dan says his weight adversely affects every aspect of his life, and he wants his old life back. He looks forward to running and playing with his daughter when he loses the weight.

Don



Age: 54
Hometown: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Occupation: Police lieutenant

Don says, "Obesity prevents me from living the kind of life that I want and it hurts my family." The 54-year-old husband and father of two adult children says that his obesity has also caused discord in his family, which he hopes will be fixed when he loses the weight. Don was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, and grew up with his identical twin brother Dan and an older brother. They lived in various states and countries due to his father's career in the Navy and his parents' divorce when he was six, which resulted in shared custody and many moves. He graduated with an associate's degree in police science from Oklahoma State University, and earned bachelor and master's degrees in liberal studies from the University of Oklahoma. He has been an Oklahoma City Police office for 30 years. Don started gaining weight when he joined the police department, and became significantly overweight when he was 28 years old. He even tried lap band surgery in 2004. Now, at 309 pounds and suffering from high blood pressure and sleep apnea, Don looks forward to getting healthy and enjoying activities with his family and doing all the things that his obesity has prevented him from doing.