WATCH: Chaz Bono Says He Was Forced to Diet as a Child

11.13.2012

By Jeremy Kinser

The transgender activist remembers visits to the doctor's scale as a youngster.

Chaz Bono, who is on a mission to lose between 50-80 pounds, tells The Doctors cohost Dr. Travis Stork how he balanced pressures from family (superstar entertainer Cher and the late performer-politician Sonny Bono) to be thinner while growing up.

The 43-year-old, who is 5-foot-5 and currently weighs in at 250 pounds, will candidly discuss his lifelong struggle with his weight and reveals that being thin was considered very important in his family in an interview for the Emmy Award-winning daytime series. 

Bono says he wasn't nervous about getting on the scale as a kid but admits to being confused by the doctor saying his weight was perfect and why it didn't translate to his parents who forced him to diet. 

“I wasn’t an overweight child, but I was put on diets all of the time," he says. "So there was a lot pressure to be underweight growing up.” Bono also shares his hope that the pressure of trying to lose weight publicly will give him more incentive to accomplish his goal.

Stork tells Bono his relationship with weight was thrown off-kilter at a very young age. Stork will also lay out details of a vigorous fitness and nutrition program designed to help Bono achieve the doctor-recommended weight loss goal of 50-80 pounds.

Watch the clip from the episode—which airs November 14–below.

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