Khloe Kardashian understands firsthand that words can be hurtful, especially when it comes to remarks about someone’s weight.
According to PEOPLE, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star and author of strong looks better nsked has lost about 40 lbs, since adopting a take no prisoners attitude to the gym and her diet, but she didn’t always feel as healthy as she does now.
In a preview clip on Sunday’s upcoming episode of Revenge Body — her reality series focused on helping people gain confidence and control over their lives — Kardashian, 33, opens up to a participant and tells her that she was told to lose weight by members of her famous family.
“I’m a huge believer of it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it,” Kardashian explains.
“You know, for a long time I was told, ‘Khloe, you’ve got to lose weight because you’re really hurting the brand’ or this or that,” she admits.
“I understood that was coming from my management side of my family, but it does hurt and there’s a way to say things,” she shares. “I totally get how you feel.”
“They’d always be like, ‘Oh, I weigh 102 lbs.,’ and whatever, and that’s good for them, but I would look at the scale and be like ‘Oh god’ because I weigh 140 or something. As a teenager, you’re not understanding and knowing that difference,”
Kardashian, the new face of fitness supplement protein world, told PEOPLE . “There’s so many different elements to why I weigh more. And I do think that really hinders children and those numbers are not good to focus on.”
And even when she was heavier, Kardashian didn’t lack self-esteem. While she now she feels 10 times healthier than before, she has long enjoyed a body positive outlook.
“I’ve always been very confident,” Kardashian said. “I was definitely at a place of good self-esteem to begin with, thank god. But I definitely feel more confident now, I feel sexier in my body. I’m not as embarrassed if my girlfriends have a pool party, and I say I left my suit at home.”