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Kierra Sheard Talks Weight Issues; Shares Painful Comment that Saved Her Life

By EEW Magazine Buzz Editors:: NEWS & ENTERTAINMENT

Singer Kierra Sheard performs onstage during the BET Celebration of Gospel 2013 at Orpheum Theatre on March 16, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Source: Kevin Winter/Getty Images) No one wants to hear someone say, “Hey, you’re overweight!” But that’s precisely what a few relatives of gospel singing sensation, Kierra Sheard, told her—something the BET “The Sheards” reality star claims helped save her life.

In an interview with Ebony to promote the April 7 premiere of her family’s brand new docu-series, the 25-year-old admits she was once tipping the scales at more than 300 pounds. But a turning point came when Sheard went to visit a now deceased uncle in Las Vegas, whom she had not seen in years.

“Girl, you getting as big as you can be. You need to get some weight off,” she remembers him saying, noting that those were the first words to come out of his mouth.  

“That I will never forget,” she continues. "I walked out. I cried.”

Though his blunt remarks were hard to hear, Sheard, who still struggles with her weight says, "I know someone who was my same age back then and she died from being obese. And if I hadn't had a family member to tell me that, I would probably be dead now or bigger than what I was.”

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, African American women have the highest rates of being overweight or obese compared to other groups. About four out of five African American women are overweight or obese.

Research also shows more than 80 percent of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight, and deaths from heart disease and stroke are almost twice the rate for African Americans compared to whites.

Last year, in a Nov. 24 social cam video message to her supporters, titled, “Just Thinking,” Sheard talked about her body.

“I’m holding onto clothes that I can’t fit,” she shared. “I keep saying I’m going to lose weight. I want to lose the weight, but since I can’t fit the clothes, it’s okay to kinda let some of this stuff go.”

Letting go is the same thing the award-winning vocalist eventually decided to do with the ill feelings she harbored over relatives’ direct commentary about her expanding waistline.

“I understand [now] that they didn't say those things to hurt me,” she reflects. “They said those things out of love."

According to Sheard, her concerned grandmother, whom she calls “Nana,” has also harped on her weight issue, which, she admits, is a result of overeating and lack of exercise.

"I like to eat good! I like to eat good food. That's the hardest part. And the other hardest part is that I don't like to exercise. I hate exercise,” Sheard tells Ebony.

But these days, as she gears up for the release of her fifth studio album, the single, successful, saved college grad is focusing on turning over a new leaf.

"I made that decision to live a long life, understanding that diabetes runs in my family and I don't want to die soon. It's gotten to a point where I really care about my weight."

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Wow what an open and honest interview. Wishing her all the best in her health goals. You've gotta work out Kierra! You can do it my sister.

April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBalencia

A lot of obesity related diseases run in my familly too. I lost 50 pounds last year and stil hav 70 to go. I let myself get out of hand but this is encouraging for me. Needed to read it. XOXO

April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterApril

Love her openness bcuz lots of women struggle but we don't talk about it

April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGina

I know how hard it is to lose weight, at least how hard we make it out to be. The only way I finally achieved my goal was through prayer and faith. I prayed for God's help, had faith, and He gave me the strength. There is no way we can achieve anything in our own strength. I know, because I've tried it, for years. I, like KiKi, have never liked exercise, but now, I actually enjoy it! I wish KiKi the best. She's on the right path.

April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLady

This is a great article. I have struggled with my weight for a long time, too. It's hard, but it's possible. It's just a matter of being a little more proactive and putting in the work.

April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTara

I really enjoyed reading this. I have struggled with my weight since childhood. I was considered the "fat kid" and I never grew out of it. Thsi was very encouraging!

April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMya

I admire her courage to be honest. I can relate for sure. One of my aunts is so blunt. She never really thinks about what she says before she says it. She has hurt me many times and even though I know she doesn't mean any harm it still hurts very badly.

April 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMi Mi

A-M-E-N I'm glad Kierra had her "moment" so often relativs will say things that hurt us but will ultimately help us......but in the end it will be for her good. This could be the beginning for not only herself but for her whole family as well. If she doesn't like exercise just take small steps "like walking 30 minutes a day. It is the small steps that start you on the journey towards wellness. ......K

April 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterK.Scott

Wishing you well Kierra! You're beautiful and anointed and we want to have you around for a long time to come! I look forward to the reality show. Prayers go up for you sis

April 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMonique

On March 11th 2013 I made the final decision to shed the weight for real & for good this time. I started at 289lbs & today 04/23/2013 I am at 258lbs. That is 31 pounds gone forever. I still have 85 to go but I am taking it on a day by day basis. I no longer need the fast food super size bacon cheeseburger! Kierra Sheard you can do it God is with you. It is God that has allowed me to come this far & to continue going. God Bless!

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKassi Robles

One of the things that we as Christians must remember is to live the word. The Bible says that "He that suffers in the flesh has ceased from sin. We must fast often and pray a lot, but this is not what is easiest to do.
We need to eat more fat burning foods, stay away from Flour, sugar,and all greasey foods. Then we become healthy and prolong life. Just because something tastes good doesn't mean it is healthy eating. Believe me, I know. Coconut creme pie and carrot cake are two of my most favorite desserts. Watching what you eat will become easier if you look at yourself closely after taking a bath. This is the eyeful your husband will get.

May 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDeloris

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