Jillian Michaels Returns to The Biggest Loser to Tackle Childhood Obesity

After a two-year absence Jillian Michaels is returning to the NBC reality competition show, The Biggest Loser for its fourteenth season in January.

The upcoming season will see the return of Michaels, along with trainers Dolvett Quince and Bob Harper, who has worked on the show since it started in 2004. The upcoming season will also feature young teens as participants. For the first time ever, overweight teenagers aged 13-17 will train alongside adult contestants, but will not be eligible for elimination nor for the big end prize.

About the new twist, Michaels said, “The show has chosen to take on something very controversial. They’re going to go after childhood obesity […] As a former overweight teen, I know firsthand how dramatically weight issues can affect every aspect of a child’s life. Having recently become a mother of two, I am more passionate than ever about helping empower children and families with the information and resources they need to live a healthier life.”

Michaels left the show May 2011, in order to spend more time focusing on her children and contributing to charity activities.  She also recently launched a health and fitness column called “Ask Jillian” on EverydayHealth.com.