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EXTREME WEIGHT LOSS
Air Date: Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Time Slot: 8:00 PM-10:00 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#313-120) "Mehrbod"
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A MUSIC PRODUCER AND DJ WITH A FOOD ADDICTION IS MOTIVATED TO SAFELY LOSE HALF HIS BODY WEIGHT SO HE CAN PROPOSE TO HIS GIRLFRIEND, ON ABC'S "EXTREME WEIGHT LOSS"

Trainer Chris Powell Hopes Mehrbod is Able to Make a Weight Loss Milestone to Ski with Olympic Gold Medalist Picabo Street

"Mehrbod" - Mehrbod, a 32-year-old music producer and DJ now living in Los Angeles, CA, is a child of the Iran/Iraq war who fled to America with his family when he was very young. Mehrbod was taught at an early age that food was scarce and one should eat whenever food is available; he currently weighs 434 pounds. Except for the weight and a food addiction preventing him from fully enjoying his life, Mehrbod has it all -- a devoted girlfriend, a supportive family and a career full of potential. When trainer Chris Powell learns that Mehrbod has a history of losing and regaining weight, he vows to help Mehrbod safely get to his weight goal in one year. If he reaches his first weight loss milestone, Chris will help him purchase an engagement ring to give to his girlfriend. Another successful weight loss milestone could give Mehrbod the opportunity to ski with Chris in Whistler, British Columbia alongside World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medalist Picabo Street. But after his triumphant record breaking weigh-ins, a personal setback causes Mehrbod to fall back into his food addiction, jeopardizing his chances of reaching once attainable goals, on "Extreme Weight Loss," TUESDAY, JULY 16 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

"Extreme Weight Loss" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-PG,L parental guideline.

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EXTREME WEIGHT LOSS (ABC)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
5/30/11 - ???
STATUS:
currently airing (summer 2014)
TIME SLOT:
tuesdays from 8:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
CURRENT SEASON:
4 (13 episodes)
ADDITIONAL NOTES:
renewed through the 2014-15 season (the show's fifth) on 6/18/14
DESCRIPTION:
(from ABC's press release, June 2014) The ABC Television Network has ordered 13 new two-hour episodes of the hit series "Extreme Weight Loss," a unique, non-competitive show about weight loss that documents the unprecedented 365-day journeys of courageous, "super-obese" people. Season 4 is currently airing on Tuesdays (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET/PT) with its highest ratings in more than two seasons. The series is produced by Eyeworks USA. In Season 5, there will also be three special editions, "Extreme Weight Loss: Love Can't Weight," in which Chris & Heidi Powell will help three couples get in shape -- both physically and emotionally - for each of their weddings.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Chris Powell as Mentor
CREW INFORMATION:
· Brant Pinvidic as EP
· J.D. Roth as EP
· Matt Assmus as EP
· Todd A. Nelson as EP
GENRE(S):
· reality (all)
· reality (documentary)
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· Eyeworks USA