Trina and Traci Braxton pose backstage at the ESSENCE Empowerment Experience at the 2013 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Michael Rowe

The Braxton Family Values star reveals what prompted her recent weight loss. 

Ivory M. Jones
Jul, 05, 2013

The ESSENCE Festival wrapped up its first day of Empowerment Experiences with a discussion featuring Traci and Trina Braxton, stars of WE tv’s Braxton Family Values. “The Sisterhood, Stardom, and Living in the Spotlight” chat was moderated by Soledad O’Brien. While the discussion kicked off on a light note, things took a serious turn when the topic of Traci’s recent 35-lb. weight loss came up.

According to the outspoken reality TV star, it was her sisters who first confronted her about her weight. Admittedly, she was less-than-pleased about her intervention moment. “I really wanted to punch them in the face,” she revealed. “But my sisters were exactly right. They saw me gaining weight... I developed diabetes, high blood pressure and I was in denial.”

After facing the truth, she made several lifestyle changes to get her health back on track. “I had to really change my eating habits and it’s [still] a struggle.”