Hometown: Picayune, Mississippi
Occupation: Retired payroll supervisor
A longtime fan of "The Biggest Loser," Bonnie Griffin was inspired by all of the success stories she saw
on the show and felt like she could be one too. Bonnie was raised in the New Orleans area and grew up
the third oldest of nine children.
She struggled with weight her whole life, hitting the 200 lb. mark at
just 13 years old. Though she had been active and played volleyball throughout her life, poor eating
habits led to continued weight gain. She even had her stomach stapled in 1991, but wound up gaining
back most of the weight that she lost. Now 63 years old, Bonnie weighs 254 lbs.
She retired early to
spend time with her husband, who was dying of blood cancer, and her life was uprooted after Hurricane
Katrina hit their home.
For fifteen months, they lived in a trailer in front of their property while their
new home was being built in Mississippi. After forty years of marriage, her husband passed away
shortly after they moved.
Now Bonnie lives her life for her three grown children and six grandchildren,
including a grandson with Down syndrome. She looks forward to losing the weight so she can be more
active with her family and take her kids and grandkids to Disneyworld without having to rent a
wheelchair to get around.