Occupation: Retail Manager
Hometown: Georgetown, Massachusetts
- STARTING WEIGHT: 356
- CURRENT WEIGHT: 223
- WEIGHT DIFFERENCE: -133
Matt Hooper was scheduled to marry his fiancee in July, but he postponed his wedding to come on "The Biggest Loser." "I realized that my gift to my future wife was giving her the worst physical version of myself," he says. "Anyone can relate to wanting to be the absolute best for the love of their life on their wedding day. She deserves that, and I want to spend as many years as I can with her." Raised in Peabody, Massachusetts, he grew up with two older brothers and one half-sister. Matt received his associate's and bachelor's degrees in marketing from Johnson and Wales University, and he started to gain significant weight a few years after college. A poor diet, no exercise and a demanding job with a frequently changing schedule led to his current weight of 356 pounds - as well as high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Now 38 years old, Matt has been a groomsman or best man 16 times, and now it is his turn. "I postponed my wedding to be here, so I owe it to my fiancee, friends and family to give it everything I've got," Matt says. He looks forward to living life to the fullest with his family and friends once he slims down and also hopes to try skydiving.