‘Obese’ Reality Contestant Hospitalized for Severe Dehydration

by | November 18, 2010 at 2:39 PM | TV News

(AP Photo/Kristy Wigglesworth)

(AP Photo/Kristy Wigglesworth)


ABC’s new reality show about contestants losing weight at home isn’t expected to air until next year some time, but it’s already making headlines.

TMZ reported Tuesday that ‘Obese’ contestant LaRhonda Darby was rushed to the hospital Saturday in Oklahoma City for dangerous dehydration levels.

Darby, 25, had been taking a prescription diuretic (water pills). Her sister-in-law called 911 after Darby woke up feeling light-headed with leg cramps. She was given fluids at the hospital and sent home.

3Ball Productions said that Darby’s dehydration was due to “medication prescribed for reasons unrelated to her weight loss” — and that the “health and well being of our participants is our utmost concern.”

‘Obese,’ which features eight contestants’ battle of the bulge, “encourages participants to change their lives for the better in significant and responsible ways,” according to a statement from 3Ball Productions.

“There is no competition or cash prize incentive, and the health and well-being of our participants is our utmost concern. We’re very happy for LaRhonda’s success and look forward to continuing to work with her and document her remarkable journey.”