Biggest Loser Contestant Sued—for Gaining Weight
Company claims Tara Costa breached endorsement deal
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2013 10:49 AM CDT
Tara Costa is shown in a YouTube clip.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – Tara Costa lost 155 pounds during her 2009 stint on the Biggest Loser, becoming a "fan favorite," Today reports. Her popularity led to endorsement deals, including one with The company says the deal required Costa to maintain her weight loss and make public appearances—but, the company alleges in a new lawsuit against Costa, she gained about 45 pounds and, as a result, wasn't able to make appearances.

Costa disputed the claims on Twitter, saying the time period referred to in the lawsuit covered the time she took part in Ironman in 2011, when she "was the most fit I have ever been in my life." Her lawyer says the real issue is the parent company, FC Online Marketing, breaching the contract and exploiting Costa's "name and image without compensation on a website that promoted their commercial services." She will file a countersuit, he says. (TMZ helpfully informs us that "from Costa's recent Twitter pics, it appears she's back down to her fighting weight.")

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Jul 13, 2013 3:53 AM CDT
If you're participating in one of these shows, dedicating your entire day to eating well and working out, yeah you'll lose a lot of weight. But eventually you have to go back to your normal life, normal job, and even if you eat well and work out daily, it's not going to be the same was being active all day long and having a nutritionist prepare your meals. Not a huge surprise that she couldn't keep it up.
Jul 11, 2013 3:32 PM CDT
Quit putting CRAP in our FOOD, and you won't have to worry about people being obese or over eating. Do you not know the effects with the junk you add?
Jul 11, 2013 3:22 PM CDT
I'll bet that there are some stout-hearted men here that could help her "exercise" and lose those pounds. May I see a show of hands?