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Yvette Nicole Brown, 2014 | Source: Getty Images
Yvette Nicole Brown, 2014 | Source: Getty Images

Yvette Nicole Brown's Weight Changed after She Was Diagnosed with Diabetes

Junie Sihlangu
Jan 15, 2024
09:49 A.M.

Yvette Nicole Brown's weight loss journey started when she discovered her diabetes diagnosis. Before then, the actress had been content with her weight, although she struggled with accepting herself.

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Yvette Nicole Brown was one of Hollywood's stars who was a full-figured woman fans loved as is. However, a couple of years back, the actress started losing weight. It wasn't that Brown was uncomfortable with her weight and wanted to lose it, but something happened that forced the change.

In 2014, the star revealed that after she was diagnosed with diabetes, she knew changes had to be made in how she lived. Brown went on a weight loss journey for ten months, and although it was something forced on her, she confessed to feeling better that she was lighter.

Yvette Nicole Brown at Debra Lee's Pre-BET Awards Celebration during the BET Awards on June 30, 2012, in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

Yvette Nicole Brown at Debra Lee's Pre-BET Awards Celebration during the BET Awards on June 30, 2012, in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

The actress joked that she had to stop eating donuts when she heard they would cut off her feet! As hard as dieting was, Brown's diagnosis helped push her on a weight loss path.

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Brown felt that when done for vanity, losing weight can be difficult because one can stop for many reasons. However, with her feet at risk, there was no quitting.

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In May 2020, Brown retweeted a post about losing weight for reasons not ideal and being complimented for it. In reaction to the tweet, she wrote:

"l lost weight because I was diagnosed w/diabetes. I was literally SICK and changing everything so I could LIVE and people were like: What’s your diet tips, skinny?"

Yvette Nicole Brown on season 63 of "The Today Show" on February 5, 2014 | Source: Getty Images

Yvette Nicole Brown on season 63 of "The Today Show" on February 5, 2014 | Source: Getty Images

While Yvette Nicole Brown’s Weight Loss Was Praised, She Was Happy Having a Fuller Figure

Despite Brown being much thinner and getting praise, the actress was content with her original weight to begin with. During a 2017 interview, Brown shared that glucose was the main thing she focused on in her diet.

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The star didn't care about how tiny her waist or how big her bum was because that was just vanity. She didn't have a problem with those who focused on that, but she was a simple East Cleveland child, according to her.

When the platform first launched in October 2021, Queen Latifah was the face of it...

Yvette Nicole Brown at Chaz Dean's holiday party benefiting Love is Louder on December 13, 2014, in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

Yvette Nicole Brown at Chaz Dean's holiday party benefiting Love is Louder on December 13, 2014, in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

Brown admitted she wasn't trying to be as thin as Halle Berry; she was only "trying to lose the diabetes" because she was "fine being chubby." She never hated her body or being chubby, but because of her sickness, she had to get healthy.

On the red carpet, people would ask how much weight she'd lost, and she didn't have the answer. However, she knew her "A1C numbers are amazing," which mattered to her. Despite that, Brown is now a fan of her body, although she wasn't before. One system has helped her maintain the loss.

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What System Helped Yvette Nicole Brown Manage Her Weight?

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In March 2023, Brown appeared on a YouTube clip as the host of "It's Bigger Than Me. The series aims to change people's perceptions about obesity and weight by teaching people that through understanding and science, obesity is manageable.

When the movement "It's Bigger Than Me" first launched in October 2021, Queen Latifah was the face of it, but when the series ran on March 8, 2023, Brown appeared as the moderator. The actress spoke to a panel of influencers and healthcare professionals in the new series.

Yvette Nicole Brown at CareFest on November 2, 2023, in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

Yvette Nicole Brown at CareFest on November 2, 2023, in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

By May 2023, the initiative shared an Instagram clip of Brown promoting the series. She also urged them to follow it on Instagram and to stay tuned for more conversations.

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