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TV Question: Did “Biggest Loser” Contestant Give Social Work Positive Plug?

Before and after photo of Shay Sorrells photo courtesy of

Before and after photo of Shay Sorrells photo courtesy of

California social worker Shauntina “Shay” Sorrells was eliminated from “The Biggest Loser”  (NBC on Tuesdays), which aired its season finale on Dec. 8.

Shay grew up in the foster care system, struggled with weight all her life, and said her size affected her ability to work with clients. She was the heaviest ever contestant on the program at 497 pounds but so far has lost more than 170 pounds!

Social workers can continue to follow Shay’s progress on her Facebook page. And for fans of the show the new season premieres Jan. 5 at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. Central).

Q: Did Shay’s appearance on “The Biggest Loser” help portray the social work profession in a positive light?

To find out more about how social workers help people deal with weight and other health issues visit the National Association of Social Workers “Help Starts Here” Healthy Lifestyles Web page.

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  1. I am so proud of Shay. I feel she represented us well. Way to go Shay!!

  2. I agree. I think that anyone who has the courage to make positive changes in their lives demonstrate the true nature of Social Work and am extremely proud of Shay.

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