THEY are young, in love and between them packing a total weight of 38 stone 7lbs.
Limerick couple Paula (31) and Gerard (24) appeared on our screens last night in the new series of ITV’s The Biggest Loser and they are determined to shift the flab.
Teaching assistant Paula, (18st 9lb) who met her boyfriend online five years ago says she is determined to discover the healthy person she knows is buried inside her.
“I feel self-conscious when I go out in case people stare at me. I’m going to get the best out of the experience – The Biggest Loser is actually the best place to lose weight, the motivation, support, information that you get in the house.”
Boyfriend Gerard (24), who is unemployed and weighed in at 19st 12lb, admitted: "I've previously lost four stone and I’ve been trying to lose more over the last few months but now I’m stuck and am so scared I can’t do it by myself anymore.
“Ideally, I’d like to get down to around 13 stone and then start to build muscle but as long as I’m healthy and fit that’s OK. I hope that The Biggest Loser can give me that extra push to do it. I’d like to think that one day I’ll start a family and get married and I’d like to be thinner when I do."
The couple escaped elimination in the first week by losing over 2 stone between them.
They are joined on the British show by another Irishman, Damien (21) from Dublin who wants to be a DJ.
Weighing in at 25 stone 7lbs he is single and admitted that he would like a girlfriend.
“This is going to be a big kick start for me, to teach me the right way to do it properly. For me to start a new life, full of happiness, excitement and for nothing to ever hold me back again.
“No more being too self-conscious to pursue the things that i really want to do in life. Who knows, maybe at the end of this I’ll find myself in a relationship.”
Damien was almost eliminated along with his partner in the show, Sam (26) from West Yorkshire after Sam’s performance in a 5km run saw them on the list for elimination.
However, while Sam was sent home after Week 1, Damien was offered a lifeline when another contestant had to drop out due to health reasons.
The Biggest Loser, ITV and TV3, Tuesdays 9pm