Tanya Winfield, 41, is one of 15 contestants — including "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard — this season. Winfield, who is COO of a Chicago-area fast-food franchise, said she wanted to get fit after seeing a family friend die of obesity-related health issues.
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The show premieres at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15.
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