Julie Hadden, struggled with her weight and low self-worth all her life. At a point of utter desperation, she cried out to God for help. His answer came in the most unusual way—through reality TV.
As one of the most successful and memorable contestants ever on NBC's The Biggest Loser, Julie's journey 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, as millions of viewers tuned in each week to watch. The experience helped birth a new physique, but the transformation went far deeper than that.
It was a total transformation: body, mind and spirit, and was much more about what she gained than what she lost. God revealed to her the enormous worth He places on all His children. It was a lesson she took to heart; and one she is passionate about sharing with others.
On December 18, 2007, Julie became the "Biggest Female Loser" of Season Four; finishing as First Runner Up to the overall title. She lost nearly 100 pounds (which translated into 44.5% of her body weight) in about eight months.
She has appeared on Access Hollywood, Extra, Inside Edition, Entertainment Tonight, E! Entertainment Television, Larry King Live, the Canadian television show "Reality Obsessed", The Hour of Power, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The 700 Club and in numerous other magazines and print publications.
She has worked as a special correspondent for “Got Milk?”, done commercial work for Nordic Track and is currently a writer for the nationally circulated Christian publication, WHOA Women’s Magazine.
In December 2014, on the Tenth Anniversary of The Biggest Loser, People.com named Julie among its “Top Ten Transformations” of all time.
Julie is a sought-after speaker who loves to share her story and encourage others to believe that 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 transformation and revitalization of more than just her body, but her mind and spirit as well.
After a ten year "infertility diagnosis" Julie was overjoyed to announce (on her 40th birthday) that she was pregnant, naturally. She attributes her ability to conceive to God's grace as well as her commitment to maintaining a healthy body weight, “Post Biggest Loser,” and a dedication to good nutrition and regular exercise.
She now blends all these things with motherhood duties to her three children.