For actress and host of The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition: Doubles Iza Calzado, fitness is very important. In an interview on ANC's Headstart, she revealed how she struggled with obesity as a child.

“It’s difficult because growing up, you get teased by boys. Girls are a little nicer, but boys can be tough and rough,” she was quoted by as saying.

High school, it seemed, was a particularly difficult time.


Mahilig ako sa boys kaya lang type nila ako as a friend. Tuwang-tuwa sila sa akin as a friend. I wanted to win them over pero hindi ako ‘yung nagugustuhan nila. Or kung may nagkagusto, they then back off. So you think either pinagtripan lang or they realized… nabagok ‘yung ulo or something (I liked boys but they only liked me as friend. I wanted to win them over but I wasn't really their type. Or if they found themselves liking me, they then back off. So you think, they were just making fun of you or they realized... maybe they had hit their head or something),” she said.

Iza has come a long way from her high school days, although she reportedly still has insecurities every now and then. “I met a guy whose family is very into health and fitness also, and they inspired me. I started working out a lot and I got into running and I started choosing healthier alternatives,” she was quoted as saying.

Said guy is Iza’s boyfriend of two years entrepreneur and sportsman Ben Wintle. We suppose the couple that runs together stays fit together.

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