In the September issue of Self magazine, Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson dished on how she came to realize she had a weight problem.

“I didn’t even know I was considered plus-sized until I came to Hollywood” the 29 year old said. “I thought I was the perfect size!”

She was more shocked when asked by an interviewer about her size. “An interviewer asked me ‘How does it feel to be plus-sized in Hollywood?’ I looked around, like, Who is she talking to? Oh, me? I’m plus-sized? In the neighborhood I’m from in Chicago, a 16 is normal. But in Hollywood, everyone looks exactly the same, so I stood out” Jennifer said.

The “Dreamgirls” actress disclosed that it was her pregnancy that pushed her to make the decision to shed the pounds. “I thought, hold on – why doesn’t anybody know I’m pregnant?” she admits. “And I wanted to set a good example for my son.”

To date Jennifer has lost an astonishing 80 pounds, and went from a size 16 all the way down to a 6. She now says of her inspiring weight loss, “I’m prouder of my weight loss than my Oscar!”

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