Hometown: Oklahoma City, Okla.
Occupation: Police lieutenant
Don Evans says, "Obesity prevents me from living the kind of life that I want and it hurts my family." The 54-year-old husband and father of two adult children says that his obesity has also caused discord in his family, which he hopes will be fixed when he loses the weight. Don was born in Raleigh, N.C., and grew up with his identical twin brother, Dan, and an older brother. They lived in various states and countries due to his father's career in the Navy and his parents' divorce when he was six, which resulted in shared custody and many moves. He graduated with an associate's degree in police science from Oklahoma State University, and earned bachelor and master's degrees in liberal studies from the University of Oklahoma. He has been an Oklahoma City Police office for 30 years. Don started gaining weight when he joined the police department, and became significantly overweight when he was 28 years old. He even tried lap band surgery in 2004. Now, at 309 lbs. and suffering from high blood pressure and sleep apnea, Don looks forward to getting healthy and enjoying activities with his family and doing all the things that his obesity prevented him from doing.