Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Jennifer Hudson “Feelin’ Good” About Opening Chicago Weight Loss Center
By: Kirsten West Savali, Your Black World
Jennifer Hudson was a once a plus-size woman. She didn’t hide it and she didn’t run from it; instead she embraced her figure and dared other curvy women to embrace theirs as well.
Then events occurred that changed her life.
Her mother, Darnell Hudson Donerson, brother, Jason Hudson, and nephew, Julia King were all shot to death in Chicago, allegedly by her sister Julia’s estranged husband, who is now awaiting trial; Jennifer and her husband, David Otunga, welcomed their son, David Otunga, Jr. and Jennifer began an 80 pound transformation using the Weight Watchers system.
The Oscar and Grammy winner’s perseverance has now culminated in Weight Watchers building a weight loss center in her name in Chicago.
“I never thought I would make it to have my own center,” said Hudson, who flew into her hometown on Tuesday for the grand opening of the center. “I’m so honored to be here and see this day.”
Weight Watchers had pledged to donate a portion of the center’s revenue to a foundation that Hudson co-founded in honor of her late nephew, Julian King.
“I love to target children, because that’s the thing that makes a difference,” Hudson said. “We hope to do the same thing and start here at home in Chicago with health, with education, with dreams.”
Chicago’s Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, former White House Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama, was on hand for the opening of the center, calling Hudson, “Chicago’s ambassador to the world at large.”
Posted by Staff at 6:12 PM