Hometown: Columbia, S.C.
Occupation: Patient services representative
Jaquin was born and raised the youngest of four children in Chicago, Ill., and graduated from Benedict College with a degree in mass communications in radio and television broadcasting. Having lost a few friends due to complications from obesity – including one recently who was only a few years older, Jaquin wanted to go on the show for his wife and three-year-old son. He says, "I want to be able to grow old with my wife and be an active part of my son's life as he grows up. And I want to be a positive example for the obese patients that come into my practice." He started gaining weight at age 16, after an ankle injury prevented him from playing football, and he stopped exercising. Now 27 and 437 lbs. with several overweight family members, Jaquin looks forward to losing the weight and being able to ride on a rollercoaster, fly on a plane without a seatbelt extender and go shopping without having to pay extra for special ordering and extra material. He was the first person in his family to graduate from college, and doesn't want to be the first one to die from obesity, so he is determined to change his life and get healthy for his family.