“Extreme Weight Loss”: Tiffany (“Pearls”) Begins a Transformation Journey at the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center Determined to Leave Her Eating Disorders Behind

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Pearls has battled eating disorders most of her life – going all the way back to her teenage years. Now, she’s a divorced mother of an autistic son and fears that if she doesn’t get her weight under control and begin living a healthy lifestyle, she won’t be around for her him much longer.

Her autisitc son is Pearls motivation as she begins her transformation journey at the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center

When the episode begins, Pearls is maxed out, inactive and obese. The show documents her determination to overcome her struggles and confront her eating issues.

In the next episode of “Extreme Weight Loss” Season 5, Tiffany (296 pounds; Wichita Falls, TX) wears her pearls to every workout. She’s worn her signature jewelry everywhere for years, which has earned her the nickname “Pearls.” Adorning herself was Pearls’ attempt to feel beautiful in spite of her weight and years of suffering from eating disorders.

Pearls’ inspiring 365-day weight loss journey will be chronicled in the episode of “Extreme Weight Loss” airing on TUESDAY, JULY 21 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET/PT) on ABC.

Pearls has battled eating disorders including binging, bulimia and anorexia for most of her life – going all the way back to her teenage years. Now, she’s a divorced mother of an autistic son and works as an autism activist. Pearls fears that if she doesn’t get her weight under control and begin living a healthy lifestyle, she won’t be around for her son much longer.

An overloaded schedule both at work and at home has led Pearls to continue making bad food choices. When the episode begins, she’s maxed out, inactive and obese. The show documents Pearls’ determination to overcome her struggles, as she confronts her eating issues and faces the most daunting physical and emotional challenges of her life.

“Extreme Weight Loss” returns to the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center for Season 5. This is where cast members will again spend the first 90 days of his or her weight loss journey. Holly Wyatt, MD, medical director for the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, also serves as medical director for the television program. She’s affectionately known as “Dr. Holly” to the cast members and is seen on the show each week helping participants safely lose up to half of their body weight.

At the end of this episode, Pearls will continue the tradition of “paying it forward” by giving a friend or family member the opportunity to transform his or her life. The CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center will provide the designee a place at the one-week, evidence-based Extreme Weight Loss: Destination Boot Camp transformation program.

Extreme Weight Loss: Destination Boot Camp was inspired by Wyatt’s participation in the TV show. She designed the boot camp to provide participants with the tools they need to complete their own successful weight loss transformations— without the TV cameras! Limited space is available in upcoming boot camps and weight loss seekers are encouraged to learn more and register now.

The CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center is recognized as a global leader in the fight against obesity. It offers some of the country’s most advanced research and science-based expertise, focusing on a comprehensive weight loss and weight management approach, including fitness, nutrition and wellness services. Follow us at AnschutzWell on Facebook and Twitter.

“Extreme Weight Loss” is produced by 3 Ball Entertainment. JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson, Matt Assmus and Brant Pinvidic are the executive producers.

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