Ruben Studdard’s awe-inspiring journey through the second season of American Idol earned him the nickname “Velvet Teddy Bear” from his soulful vocal talent and warm, welcoming presence. His fans rallied behind him to support his quest to reclaim his health. At 462 pounds, he bravely went on the fifteenth season of The Biggest Loser to lose over 100 pounds.
Though he was sent packing from the ranch twice, he kept up with his fitness goals and continued to shed weight. He is now proud to report that he has reached his goal of losing more than 150 pounds. The Birmingham native’s impressive change in physique is a true testament to his commitment to his new lifestyle.
In addition to shedding his excess weight, Ruben has also started an initiative to inspire others in Alabama to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. As part of this campaign, he has created an online weight loss challenge to encourage the state’s residents to lose 10 pounds in eight weeks.
His personal struggles with his weight and a family history of hypertension and diabetes motivated him to commit to an aggressive exercise, diet, and life-style program. He is now urging Alabama’s 25% obese population to join him and pledge to lose 10 pounds in eight weeks.
Aside from achieving his fitness goals, Ruben has also found love and a happy home with his current wife, Kristin Moore-Studdard. The two share a beautiful bond that is rooted in their shared experiences of loss, grief and triumph. They have chosen to keep the details of their relationship private from prying eyes, but the glimpses that they provide through their social media accounts paint a picture of their deep connection.
Their story of loss, recovery and resilience is a reminder to us all of the power that we hold within ourselves to overcome the obstacles that life presents to us. Despite the pain, they continue to celebrate their son Kevin’s life and have never allowed his death to derail their spirit or their dreams. They cling to the love that they have for one another and cherish the memories that will always be with them.
In his newest venture, Ruben has partnered with the team at Beverly Hills Physicians to bring an even more holistic approach to weight loss surgery. The bariatric surgeons at this renowned practice are committed to providing patients with minimally invasive solutions that will align with their specific needs and help them achieve long-lasting results. They offer a wide range of surgical options, including gastric sleeve and lap band procedures, all performed using laparoscopic techniques to reduce scarring, postoperative pain, and surgical risks. The team at this facility is also trained to address a variety of medical issues that may arise during the course of a patient’s journey to a healthier lifestyle. They can help patients with issues such as high cholesterol, diabetes, and hypertension. They can also assist patients in navigating the complex healthcare system to ensure they get the most out of their care.