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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)
Returns Tuesday, May 26
BROADCAST HISTORY:
5/30/11 - ???
STATUS:
returning this summer (yet to premiere)
TIME SLOT:
tuesdays from 9:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
CURRENT SEASON:
5 (10 episodes)
DESCRIPTION:
(from ABC's press release, April 2015) The hit show "Extreme Weight Loss," a uniquely riveting, docu-series about weight loss that takes you on unprecedented 365-day journeys of courageous and resilient "super-obese" people, will premiere Season 5 on TUESDAY, MAY 26 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET/PT) on the ABC Television Network. Chris and Heidi Powell return as the transformation specialists and trainers for EWL, plus NBA greats Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Byron Scott and James Worthy will guest star in the episode. Other notable guest stars in Season 5 will include three-time Grammy Award winner Ne-Yo, two-time NBA champion Chris Bosh (Miami Heat), NFL star LeSean McCoy (previously with the Philadelphia Eagles/currently on the Buffalo Bills), swimming champion Amy Van Dyken (six Olympic Gold medals), soccer great Mia Hamm (two-time Women's World Cup champion + four-time Olympic Gold medal winner), actress and Autism advocator Holly Robinson Peete, and Mario Andretti (one of the most successful Americans in the history of auto racing). In each of the 10 stand-alone, two-hour episodes of EWL, the participants -- whose lives have become unmanageable because of their weight -- will undergo a transformation not only of their bodies, but of who they are as individuals. With the proper nourishment, exercise and guidance assured by EWL, they will be afforded a fresh perspective.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Chris Powell as Host
· Heidi Powell as Host
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:
· 3 Ball Entertainment