Michael, an active contestant on The Biggest Loser Season 9, has struggled with his weight for as long as he can remember. He has even used dangerous over-the-counter and prescription pills, trendy diet plans, expensive nutritionists, starvation and bulimia to try to lose weight. He is currently a deejay, but he hopes to pursue a career in advertising and public relations, meet the love of his life and start a family. Getting healthy is an important first step toward those goals.
Michael and his mother, Maria Ventrella, are proud Italian Americans, but the traditional Italian food they prepare isn't very healthy. They hope The Biggest Loser can teach them some healthy substitutes for unhealthy traditional ingredients, so they can prove to their family and the Italian-American culture that carrying on cultural traditions doesn't have to involve continuing unhealthy eating habits.
Michael holds the record for the largest contestant ever to compete in "The Biggest Loser."
Michael also holds the record for the most weight lost during his stay on the ranch where the show is filmed.