Dan aka Panda is the 27-year-old camp counselor from Grand Rapids, Michigan on Extreme Weight Loss. He was born in South Korea. After being abandoned on the doorstep of a government agency, he was adopted by an American family. His adoptive parents are long-haul truck drivers. When they were on the road, he was left in the care of his older brother. Panda “lived in fear of his older, bigger brother” and was also bullied at school for being overweight and gay. He turned to food. Today he is 5’7” and 313 pounds.
Panda asks for the help of Chris and Heidi Powell on Extreme Weight Loss. But during the first week of boot camp, Panda will face huge physical and mental challenges including confronting his family and telling them how he really feels about his childhood. Extreme Weight Loss airs Tuesdays at 9pm on ABC.