Meet the players of 'Biggest Loser' 14

"The Biggest Loser" is back with another bunch of overweight contestants hoping to change their lives by learning to eat right, live healthy and shed some major pounds on the way. But there are two firsts for the NBC show in its 14th season: kid participants and an openly gay contestant.

As a child, Jackson Carter was bullied for more than just being heavy -- he was also picked on after coming out at age 14. Now 21, he volunteers at an LGBT youth outreach center in Utah. "I want to be a role model for those kids so that they grow up to lead successful, healthy lives," he said in his NBC bio.

The youngsters competing are 13-year-old Lindsay Bravo, who quit cheerleading after others made fun of her for her weight; 13-year-old "Biingo" Gray, who wants to grow up to be a pro baseball player; and 16-year-old "Sunny" Chandrasekar, who takes Advanced Placement courses but says her weight diminishes her self-confidence. 

The season's heaviest contestant is 34-year-old college professor Michael Dorsey, who weighs in at 444 pounds. In his bio, he said weight loss "just seems like that impossible mountain I cannot overcome."

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    The Biggest Loser - Season 14

    Meet the cast of 'Biggest Loser' 14

    In the new season, 15 adults and — for the first time — three kids head to the Biggest Loser Ranch to drop pounds and change their lives.

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    Alexandra "Alex" Reid
    Age: 24
    Starting weight: 240 lbs.
    Occupation: Legal assistant
    Hometown: Carrolton, Texas

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    Noah "Biingo" Gray
    Age: 13
    Grade: Eighth
    Career goal: Professional baseball player
    Hometown: New Windsor, Md.

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    Catherine "Cate" Laughlan
    Age: 28
    Starting weight: 237 lbs.
    Occupation: Student
    Hometown: Ransomville, NY

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    Dannielle "Danni" Allen
    Age: 26
    Starting weight: 258 lbs.
    Occupation: Advertising account coordinator
    Hometown: Wheeling, Ill.

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    David Jones
    Age: 51
    Starting weight: 307 lbs.
    Occupation: Police officer
    Hometown: Kiefer, Okla.

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    Francelina Morillo
    Age: 25
    Starting weight: 267 lbs.
    Occupation: Student and store manager
    Hometown: Albany, NY

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    Regina "Gina" McDonald
    Age: 47
    Starting weight: 245 lbs.
    Occupation: Attorney and law firm owner
    Hometown: Hoover, Ala.

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    Jackson Carter
    Age: 21
    Starting weight: 328 lbs.
    Occupation: Volunteer coordinator and movie theater assistant manager
    Hometown: Layton, Utah

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    Jeff Nichols
    Age: 24
    Starting weight: 388 lbs.
    Occupation: Pharmaceutical representative
    Hometown: Monroe, Mich.

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    Joseph "Joe" Ostaszewski
    Age: 43
    Starting weight: 364 lbs.
    Occupation: Senior sales executive
    Hometown: Williston, Fla.

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    Lindsay Bravo
    Age: 13
    Grade: Eighth
    Career goal: Pediatric surgeon or OB/GYN
    Hometown: Fillmore, Calif.

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    Lisa Rambo
    Age: 37
    Starting weight: 246 lbs.
    Occupation: High-school special education assistant
    Hometown: Houlton, Wis.

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    Michael Dorsey
    Age: 34
    Starting weight: 444 lbs.
    Occupation: College professor and communications consultant
    Hometown: Baltimore, Md.

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    Nathan "Nate" Montgomery
    Age: 25
    Starting weight: 359 lbs.
    Occupation: Financial advisor
    Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.

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    Nicole "Nikki" Davis
    Age: 26
    Starting weight: 280 lbs.
    Occupation: Makeup artist
    Hometown: Chatsworth, Calif.

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    Pamela "Pam" Geil
    Age: 43
    Starting weight: 237 lbs.
    Occupation: Executive assistant
    Hometown: New York, NY

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    Sanjana “Sunny" Chandrasekar
    Age: 16
    Grade: 11th
    Career goal: Doctor
    Hometown: Rochester, NY

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    Thomas "TC" Pool
    Age: 31
    Starting weight: 376 lbs.
    Occupation: Purchasing manager
    Hometown: Albany, Ore.

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The contest will be divided into three teams, each led by one of the trainers: Bob Harper, Jillian Michaels and Dolvett Quince. There will be one child on each team, and the kids will compete with and contribute to their groups, though they will not weigh in as the adults do.

"Biggest Loser" kicks off its new season on Sunday, Jan. 6 at 9 p.m., and continues for a second night at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7 on NBC.

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