Kurt “Big Boy” Alexander has always been, well, a “big boy.” For years the longtime radio personality played up his hefty size, even if it came at the expense of his health. After failed attempts at maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise, he eventually went under the knife in a quest to drop the pounds. However, complications from the surgery nearly cost him his life. Big Boy details his personal journey and lifelong struggles with weight in his new book, An XL Life: Staying Big at Half the Size (Cash Money Content). Now back on the right track, he shares personal before and after photos of his fluctuating weight throughout the years with BlackEnterprise.com. Afterwards click here to read Big Boy’s interview with BlackEnterprise.com about how he triumphed over weight loss and gained a second chance at life.
BEFORE: Big Boy’s struggles with weight began early on in life as his 8th grade school ID shows
BEFORE: Big Boy was already living up to his professional moniker by his senior year of high school
BEFORE: During his rise to fame as a on-air personality, Big Boy played up his plus-size for his audience, although his consistent weight gain was putting his life at risk
Concerned with Big Boy’s health, longtime friend Will Smith challenged the hefty radio personality to lose weight. In the end Big Boy lost 111 lbs. and Smith donated $111,000 to his charity.
AFTER: Today, Big Boy is living a healthier life and shares his journey in his new book, An XL Life: Staying Big at Half the Size
BEFORE: A pre-weight loss Big Boy with Janet Jackson
AFTER: A slim and trim Big Boy in studio with music icon Michael Jackson
BEFORE: In his heavier days, Big Boy poses with legendary hip-hop group Run-DMC
AFTER: Big Boy poses with Mexican singer/producer Vicente Fernández Gómez
BEFORE: Big Boy backstage with music executive Kevin Liles and entertainer Jay-Z
AFTER: Big Boy with colleague Veronica before preparing to perform for Mexican singer Vicente Fernández Gómez
BEFORE: Big Boy with legendary West Coast producer Dr. Dre
BEFORE: Big Boy in his plus-size days poses with his family
AFTER: A healthier Big Boy now lives each day for his wife and children