Jordin Sparks Talks Health Scare That Inspired 50 Pounds Weight Loss [PHOTO]

By Mia Smith | Jul 21, 2012 08:46 AM EDT
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Jordin Sparks flaunts a sexy and beautiful body on the cover of Shape Magazine after losing 50 pounds (23 kilograms).  The singer opened up on the health scare that has inspired her to treat her body well.  

Sparks had suffered from pneumonia in 2010 and it was an awakening moment that led her to lead a more healthy lifestyle.

"I just wanted to be healthy. It was just before my 21st birthday. I had walking pneumonia, couldn't breathe and felt totally fatigued. I remember thinking, 'I'm in my prime. I should be happy and fit.' That was the moment I decided that changes needed to be made... I knew I had a long road ahead of me. I was barely working out, and my diet was a mess. I had to address when, what, and how much I was eating..." she explained.

"For me to even be talking about bikini confidence is crazy. If you had asked me a couple of months ago, I probably would have been like, 'What are you talking about?' So it's actually huge for me to even feel OK with putting a bikini on."

For Sparks, it's not about the weight but it's about her health.  She is setting a good role model for young people to pursue health first before image.

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