Ariel is a fourteen year old girl who weighs 211 pounds. Her emotional eating and weight problem resulted from her parent's break up when she was younger. She's determined to lose weight, however she collapses after five minutes in her stress test. Normal, fit kids last for around 20 to 30 minutes.
Ariel joins five other kids on Shaq's Big Challenge, a show whose mission is to promote healthier lifestyle choices to the American youth. Together with a team of nutritionalists and trainers, Shaq is to transform Ariel and the other kids into healthier and stronger individuals who would hopefully live a longer life.
(Photos copyright © 2006 ABC / Angelo Cavalli)