THE DUO WE’LL ALL BE TALK­ING ABOUT

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All she’s ever wanted is to be a mum but Te­nealle Au­vale was told by a doc­tor that she’s a “walk­ing con­tra­cep­tive” due to her obe­sity.

The 26-year-old ap­pears in the new sea­son of The Big­gest Loser Fam­i­lies along­side her hus­band Johnee, 38 (right).

They’ve been try­ing des­per­ately to fall preg­nant for sev­eral years but the show’s doc­tor, Nor­man Swan, de­liv­ered a heart­break­ing as­sess­ment of their chances.

“Doc­tor Swan told me I was a walk­ing con­tra­cep­tive,” Te­nealle says. “When you’re over­weight, it re­duces your chances of fall­ing preg­nant as well as car­ry­ing a baby full term. So the odds of us be­ing able to have a child was slim.”

Be­fore the show, the of­fice ad­min worker from Vic­to­ria sus­pected her weight was adding to the cou­ple’s com­pli­ca­tions. They’ve en­dured sev­eral un­suc­cess­ful IVF at­tempts over the years.

Doc­tor Swan’s crush­ing ver­dict drove home just how bad her health had got­ten.

“I’ve al­lowed my­self to get to this point,” she says. “That’s tough to ac­knowl­edge.”

At the start of the show, which pre­mieres on Net­work Ten this Sun­day, Te­nealle weighs in at 134kg while Johnee pushes the scales to 215kg.

He’s this sea­son’s heav­i­est con­tes­tant. And the doc­tor’s news for him was shock­ing.

“The doc­tor told me I’m a tick­ing time bomb,” Johnee re­calls.

“Es­sen­tially, he said that if I didn’t do any­thing about my health, I’d end up in a cof­fin by the time I’m 50. It was con­fronting, like a slap in the face.

“I don’t want to die. I’m still a young man.”

The cou­ple, who met at church nine years ago, are com­pet­ing as a team with Johnee’s brother Moses and his wife Rina.

Fit­ness trainer Steve “Com­mando” Wil­lis will whip them into shape over sev­eral weeks. His first task is help­ing Johnee kick his soft drink habit.

“I’d easily do four to six litres a day of fizzy drink,” Johnee ad­mits. “I’m a Moun­tain Dew fan. I do the Dew.”

His other shock­ing food habits in­clude eat­ing fried chicken and chips for break­fast, host­ing lav­ish fam­ily ban­quets of whole suck­ling pigs, and avoid­ing any kind of veg­etable.

Johnee says he was pretty con­tent with life the way it was.

“I looked for­ward to get­ting out of bed in the morn­ing.

“The prob­lem was that my body was mal­func­tion­ing. I was al­ways run­ning out of breath. I couldn’t keep up with my friends.”

TBL FAM­I­LIES, CHAN­NEL 10, SUN­DAY, 7.30PM

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