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"The Biggest Loser" spawns weight loss competitions around U.S.

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Erika Leckie works out at the Curves gym in Salem, Ore. while Kathie Enstad looks on. (Courtesy of Erika Leckie)

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Erika Leckie works out at the Curves gym in Salem, Ore. while Kathie Enstad looks on. (Courtesy of Erika Leckie)

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Inspired by a popular reality television show, company employees, gyms, even entire towns are holding weight loss competitions of their own. Prizes and teammates are motivating even the chronically obese to give exercise and dieting another shot.


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