Standing on scales in her underwear in front of an audience of millions with fat hanging over the top of her pants was an extremely daunting situation for recently evicted Biggest Loser contestant Rachel Hogg.

p>“It was pretty embarrassing,” she told SSO.

“It’s a discomforting experience for anyone in that situation, but in the end it was worth it because it makes you realise just how fat you really are.”

The 20-year-old first weighed in at 134.7kg, but it wasn’t a shock for the out and proud lesbian. For years she was comfortable with her size, but it was this snugness that made her audition for the reality TV show.

“You can be happy being overweight but you won’t be happy getting diabetes and getting sick,” Hogg said.

“Being comfortable is a different thing from being healthy. You can still be a large person but at the same time being fit and well.”

And the bad news for the lesbian community is that a recent US study has found that they’re twice as likely to be overweight then their heterosexual counterparts.

Hogg agreed that it’s a big issue in the community. “When you go out to a straight club and a lot of people are image conscious, but when I go out there is a lot of larger women there and everyone gets comfortable in their surroundings,” she said.

For now Hogg plans on reaching her goal weight of 85kg and to continue living a healthy lifestyle with her long-term partner.

“Jess is really small and weighs 52kg, so there is a bit of a weight difference but we are happy together,” she said.

“My advice to the community is to be active even if it’s walking for half an hour to an hour. You’ll see the chance in our body and it makes you feel so much better.”

Info: The Biggest Loser screens on Channel 10, more information at www.thebiggestloser.com.au

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