OGDEN -- Weber State University student Jackson Carter is a contestant on NBC's next season of "The Biggest Loser," which debuts in January.
Carter, 21, is one of 15 adults who will compete on the show, appearing with three youths who are struggling to overcome childhood obesity.
A Roosevelt native and Layton resident, Carter is a theater education major and a social work minor at Weber State. Carter also works as a movie theater assistant manager, and he serves as a volunteer coordinator for OUTReach Ogden, a center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people, and their friends, families and allies.
"I want to be a role model for those kids, so that they grow up to lead successful, healthy lives," said Carter, in a statement from NBC.
Carter's competition starting weight was 328 pounds. The show has been taping for several months. A video preview of this season's highlights features Carter cheering while standing on a scale that indicates a 22-pound loss.
"The Biggest Loser" is calling Carter the show's "first openly gay contestant," revealing he was bullied both for his weight and his sexuality after coming out at age 14.
"The Biggest Loser" Season 14 debuts Jan. 6 on KSL Channel 5.