Ruben Studdard to lose weight on TV

American Idol Season 2 winner Ruben Studdard will lose weight for NBC’s The Biggest Loser.

Morbidly obese Studdard was nicknamed “Velvet Teddy Bear” during his time on the show.

In 2006, Ruben lost about 100 pounds but eventually put is all back on by 2012.

Ruben told People at the time, “I’ve never had an issue with my weight. [But] my family has a history of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart-related issues — things I didn’t have to deal with yet because I’m young. But I don’t want to be worried at 40, and if I don’t fix things now, I will be.”

The new season of The Biggest Loser will premiere October 8 on NBC.

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