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‘I Just Was Like, Bones’: Jaden Smith Reflects on Weight Issues, Updates Fans on His Health After Will and Jada Pinkett Smith Staged an Intervention

Rapper Jaden Smith recently spoke about dealing with digestive complications and how it has impacted his weight over the years. The Billboard chart-topper sat with his two immediate matriarchs on their Facebook series “Red Table Talk” to dish on a problem that the three of them all share “gut issues.”

On the episode, Smith said that not only does he have an irregular appetite, but he also suffers from candida build-up when he eats too much sugar that causes him pain.

HOLLYWOOD, CA – NOVEMBER 14: Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, Willow Smith and Jaden Smith attend the 2021 AFI Fest: Closing Night Premiere Of Warner Bros. “King Richard” held at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 14, 2021 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

His mother, Jada Pinkett Smith, asks if that comes from pancakes, a breakfast meal that Adrienne “Gammy” Norris would later confirm that the 23-year-old has eaten every day since he was a child. 

Jaden corrected, stating that “it’s not necessarily from the pancakes but from the syrup.” 

He notes that since he has been working with a nutritionist, he has learned how to eat for his condition. Smith says that he learned what types of vitamins and supplements he needs for his maximum health. 

In 2019 on a Health and Wellness episode of “RTT,” the Smith family talked about an intervention they had in support of Jaden, after noticing substantial weight loss. 

Surrounded by family, including their son, Pinkett Smith revealed over two years ago, “Will and I had a bit of an intervention with Jaden because he’s a vegan now, but we realized he wasn’t getting enough protein.” 

He was wasting away. He just looked drained, he was just depleted, he wasn’t getting the nutrients,” she stated.

“He had the dark circles under his eyes, there was even a little grayness to his skin. We got really nervous, but you are definitely looking better now,” husband and dad Will Smith co-signed.

Now, Jaden says he is much better after figuring out the “password” to his body. He stated, “I’m like, 10 pounds heavier now at this point. I feel like I am keeping up my weight. I’m able to put on more muscle.”

During the segment, the three look at older pictures from the time before he knew he had digestive issues.

“That was a long way from where I was when I was at Coachella, where I just was like, bones. I thought I was so tight,” he reflected. “I was like, ‘This. I’m swagging on this. Like, I need to take off my shirt right now.’”

In this episode, the family talks candidly about everything from how their stool appears to what foods are best for their delicate digestive systems. The hosts enlist the help of Dr. Fola May, a gastroenterologist, and Nancee Jaffe, the lead dietitian at UCLA.

Jaffe suggested that people try kiwi to help with constipation, a huge concern for people who struggle with digestive issues. Gammy was unsure because of the bitter taste.

Once the person receiving advice, now, Jaden is helping. He shared with his grandmother, “It can be made into a juice. You don’t have to just eat raw Kiwi.”

“My whole thing with the health movement,” the “Icon” artist continued. “People think that things that are healthy are not good. It’s not that it’s not good, we don’t know how to make them. We don’t know prepare [food].”

“Brussel Sprouts are the perfect example.”


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