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Johnny was encouraged by his children and their spouses to go on "The Biggest Loser" because they are big fans of the series, and his son Gregg had already been inspired by the show to lose 80 pounds. Johnny was born in Norwood, Massachusetts and grew up on a farm, the eldest boy of four children, in Stoughton, Massachusetts. He graduated from Burdett College in Boston with a business degree, and in 1970, he started his own real estate business in Boston. In his youth, John was fit and active and enjoyed playing football, soccer and golf and sailing. But he started gradually gaining weight in his early 40s due to stress, poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle. John wants to get healthy to better enjoy life with Joan, his wife of 43 years, and his three grown children, and he looks forward to watching his nine grandchildren grow up. At 65 years old and 328 pounds, John is eager to shop in regular clothing stores when he loses the weight and to use the knowledge he gains on the show to help others struggling with their weight.