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- Layton, Utah
- Volunteer Coordinator for LGBT Resource Center and Movie Theater Assistant Manager
- Starting weight:
- 328 lbs.
Jackson Carter says his primary motivation for going on "The Biggest Loser" is the kids he mentors as a volunteer coordinator and board member for an LGBT youth outreach center. "I want to be a role model for those kids so that they grow up to lead successful, healthy lives," says Jackson. He was born in Roosevelt, Utah, a small town on a Ute Indian reservation and was raised there with his two younger siblings before moving at age seven to Layton, Utah. Except for a brief period in high school when he was very fit, he has always been overweight and experienced bullying both for his weight and his sexuality after coming out at age 14. Now 21 years old and 328 pounds, Jackson is a student at Weber State University, where he is majoring in theater education with a minor in social work, while also working and volunteering. His busy schedule has left him little time to plan nutritious meals or follow an exercise routine, and the convenience of fast food and the tendency to eat when stressed haven't helped. Once he loses weight, Jackson looks forward to participating in physical activities with his OUTreach kids, being able to go to the beach and take his shirt off, and changing the lives of those around him who are also struggling with their weight.Close X