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Mississippian, one of four Biggest Losers

61dc1-bildeUpdate: House is now in the final three. 

When Patrick House visited the state fair with his wife and two young sons last year, he didn’t have fun.

“I don’t know who I was fooling thinking that, as a 400-pound person, I would be able to ride the rides with my son,” he said. “My wife had to ride them, and I didn’t get to do anything.”

This year, House returned to the fair with his family and rode every ride after dropping almost 140 pounds on the NBC show The Biggest Loser. The Brandon native is one of the final four contestants participating in the televised weight loss challenge, and only two episodes remain before the winner is announced.

On Tuesday, House will host a Biggest Loser party at the Vicksburg Convention Center at 1600 Mulberry Street. The event begins at 6:30 p.m., and participants will watch the show at 8 p.m. House will field questions, sign autographs and food and drinks will be provided. The following Tuesday, Dec. 14, the winner will be announced on the show.

House said all eliminated contestants will return for the finale and weigh in to see who has lost the highest percentage of weight. The winner receives a $100,000 prize. The three remaining finalists are vying for the $250,000 grand prize.

House, 28, graduated from Brandon High School in 2000 and earned a degree in business management from Delta State University. When his college football coach asked him to beef up to play on the offensive line, House changed his eating habits and gained weight.

When the show ends, Patrick House said he’d like to become a personal trainer and speak out on weight loss issues. He encourages people to correspond with him via Facebook.

“Making the final four was a huge moment for me, my family and the state of Mississippi,” he said. “Mississippi catches flack for being last in a lot of things, and one of the things I wanted to do was make sure Mississippi didn’t end up last on The Biggest Loser. I wanted to prove that someone could do this and hopefully inspire other Mississippians to get out and get moving.”

Got a comment? E-mail me at endyanna@earthlink.com or Tweet me at @lareecarucker.

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