Revenge Body Contestant Opens Up to Khloe Kardashian About Past Drug Addiction
If you love weight loss reality shows, you have to check out Khloe Kardashian’s new show “Revenge Body.” It features overweight contestants who vow to lose weight in order to get “revenge” on loved ones who had hurt them in the past due to their weight. The show aired on January 12, 2017, and has received positive attention in the media.
On a recent episode, contestant Jessy Clark opened up about her personal weight and drug addiction struggles. Growing up, Clark says her mother, along with her grandfather, constantly badgered her about her weight.
“My grandfather was a marine corp captain, and he used to say that being overweight is a sign of personal weakness,” she said.
Clark says she was constantly pressured to lose weight by her mother. Eventually, she went to extreme measures to drop the pounds. Clark admits her mother is not to be fully blamed. She says her mom was just raising her the same way she was raised. Her mom started going on diet pills as early as eight years old due to pressure from her own family. Therefore, she passed the same scrutiny to her daughter. Now Clark is determined to change the family outlook on body image.
Aiming for Perfection
Clark was always taught from her mother that weight was the most important thing in life.
“She was trying to help me understand like if your thin and you’re beautiful and you’re confident, you exude confidence, then the doors will open and the world will lay on your feet,” she said.
Eventually, Clark turned to drugs and by the age of 15, she was doing meth to stay skinny. She says it was the first time in her life that her mom was finally off her case about her weight.
“I mean my smallest was when I was on drugs,” Jessy Clark admits. “I never liked being high, I hated being high, I loved being skinny…that’s the entire reason I did it.”
Choosing Sobriety Over Body Size
Although her mom was finally happy with her body size, Clark ended up homeless and in rehab. Her drug addiction was spiraling out of control, and Clark realized recovery was more important than her dress size.
“That was when I was like. I don’t care if I get fat. I don’t care if I’m 5000 pounds. I can’t do this anymore,” she said.
Following rehab, Clark gained the weight back, and her mom tried to convince her that she would lose her husband if she kept it up. The cycle of “multi-generational tough love” was one Jessy Clark was determined to break.
To help break that cycle, Khloe set her up with personal trainer Harley Pasternak. Pasternak is a celebrity trainer known for training celebs like Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, and Lady Gaga. He told her that drug users tend to do well in the gym because of their addictive personalities.
On Clark’s new diet, she drinks lots of smoothies and eats foods high in nutritional value. Turns out, it worked! She lost over 30 pounds. Along with working out, Clark was able to achieve her body goals in a healthy and sustainable way. Sounds like the perfect revenge to me!
Eating healthy and achieving a healthy lifestyle are important. However, weight does not define who you are. If weight or body image issues are holding you back in recovery, do not wait. Reach out for help and we can provide you the tools to get on track. If you or anyone you know is struggling with substance use disorder or mental illness, please call toll-free 1-800-777-9588.