Queen Latifah on Staying Fit, Fabulous and Philanthropic at (Almost) 40

02/03/2010 at 05:45 PM ET

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Queen Latifah is turning 40 in March — not that she’s focused on the numbers. “To me as long as you’re young at heart, it really doesn’t matter how old you are,” Latifah tells PEOPLE. “To me, age is really how you feel on the inside.” But with time, she has learned valuable health lessons that she wishes she’d practiced earlier. “I wish I had known more about nutrition and exercise and how really good it could affect you at a younger age. Then I would have kicked it up a lot sooner,” says the Jenny Craig spokesperson, who has kept off the 20-plus pounds she shed using the weight-loss program for almost three years. Nutrition is key: “I don’t really diet. I kind of keep everything in moderation, exercise and eat right. I eat a lot of vegetables and lean meats, and I drink a whole lot of water,” Latifah says, before admitting her weakness: “Mac and cheese…I gotta have it!” Beyond her dedication to staying healthy, the star is also committed to the Haitian relief effort, co-hosting the BET Network’s “SOS Saving Ourselves — Help for Haiti” telethon with Diddy and Pharrell, airing this Friday, February 5 on BET, Centric, MTV and VH1 at 8 P.M. EST. The Procter & Gamble- and Pepsi-sponsored event will benefit charities including Wyclef Jean’s Yéle Haiti. Latifah also hopes to give on a more personal level by building orphanages, and possibly even adopting: “I would love to, but it’s going to take some time because things are in a bit of disarray down there. That is definitely something I would try to do. There are a lot of kids who are in need of a good home now, and I definitely think I can provide that.” -Arnesa A. Howell

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Randa on

I just love Queen Latifah… She is such a Cool Chic!!

Neena on

This is the same chick who was a spokesperson for Pizza Hut and had a personal trainer, but doesn’t look like she’s lost any weight

Suzi H on

The Queen Latifah has many qualities; volice,poise,and lots of humor. I have seen ‘Bringing Down the House’ many times. If I’m feeling blue I put it in the DVD and have many laughs. God bless her very soul and I mean both of them. She is the best. I saw her the other day on TV and she looked like she lost more than 20 lbs. She always was very attractive but now she is glamorous! Can you believe my husband and I are fans all the way! Best wishes to her always. And thank you for the laughs.

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Terri on

Queen Latifah always looks good and seems to have a lot of confidence. Whether she is this weight or 20 lbs heavier, it wouldn’t make a difference because she seems to have a positive attitude, loves life, is talented and makes you WANT to smile!

Go Girl!

Guitar Maker on

I walked around the corner and next thing I knew, behind my back I was being set up on a date with a lady, while in front of me I was defending myself on the offence. What is this? Some kind of adventure practice?

weng foo on

she’s clearly not the ideal person to give advice about fitness and staying healthy. she is visibly overweight and LOOKS like she has a weakness for mac and cheese …

nichole on

weng foo: being busty can make you look overweight even if you’re not. Plus, it’s better to be overweight rather than overfat. I think she looks to be a fairly healthy weight.

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weng foo on

Sigh nichole, if you eat eat in moderation and exercise, you wouldn’t look like this. We have gotten so sensitive about this weight issue that we start calling fat people “healthy” because they’re not starving anorexics.

Julie on

Queen, you are “bringing it”, my Sista. I love you so much. You are keeping it real ALL OF THE TIME!!! I’m so glad to have lived in the era that “Queens truly rule.” I’ve followed you all of your career and you just keep getting stronger. You got me by a year and a half, but I still wanna be just like you when I grow up!!!!

ChiefSlapaho on

On what planet is she fit and healthy?

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John on

Queen Latifah is not one to give advice on anything to do with nutrition or exercise. She looks like she is extremely overweight and I wouldn’t listen to anything she has to say related to diet or exercise. I’m surprised Jennie Craig would hire her or Valerie Bertinelli to be their spokespersons.

lyle on

she’s not extremely overweight! all you who think so must be anorexic or something. at least she eats the mac and cheese and doesn’t vomit it up.

mary on

She’s beautiful. not everyone has to be stick thin to be beautiful. And she wants to help people. wow, some of the posts here are very shallow. lots of skinny girls talking smack. go eat a slice of pizza, LOL

daniela on

I love Queen Latifah, but she is not “fit”. She’s still overweight, even after the breast reduction and 20 or so pound weight loss. I’m not saying she should be stick then, even that is not “fit”, but she’s still at least 25 or 20 pounds overweight – sorry! And this is coming from someone that was the same size as QL at one time!

Christal on

I think Queen Latifah is a beautiful person. She is representing the full figured women to the fullest. Some of these comments are ridiculus, it’s obvious that some of you are hating on her. Wake and see that it’s 2010, stick figures are out and the volumptous is in. Healthy doesn’t always mean a size 2,3,4,5, a person can be a size 12 and still be healthier than the 2,3,4,5. Keep doing what your doing Queen!!

Frederika on

Yes, I think we can all agree she is not a small women. However, she looks healthy – far from being truly overweight. Some people just aren’t built to be a size 2 or 4. I think that’s okay as long as you have some kind of fitness regimen and eat moderately healthy. I speak from myself when I say that being thin and going to the gym can’t become an obsession – there has to be a happy medium somewhere…anyway, just my opinion.

Eryn on

Queen looks amazing for 40! She is beautiful on the inside and outside!

Michele on

I think she is beautiful! Even when she was heavier, she radiates beauty and sincerity. Many women would be better off if they had her self confidence.

paula on

Queen Latifah has always presented a good role model for young girls in her rap lyrics and in positive career achievements. What does weight have to do with anything. Respect must be given for her achievements.

Herb on

I’m happy for Latifah she is a good inspiration. She is so right about age is all about the way you feel inside. Do your thing girl.

kj on

Feng Woo, you are probably 5’2′ and 95lbs at best. Quenn Latifah is almost 6 feet tall with a heavy bone structure. She is not fat! Go eat some chow mein and gain some weight!

casi on

Why do people blame being overweight on their bone structure? You were not “built” this way. You were not born over 200 lbs, you became this way due to too much mac n cheese! Granted she is huge, she is overweight and should not be a role model fitness-wise. She is a confident woman no matter what her weight, but that is not necessarily a good thing.

Brandi on

I can assure you, if all women had her level of confidence, no one would feel the need to come on here calling her overweight or fat or make jokes about how much she eats. FIRST OF ALL, if you are even remotely close to educated, you would know you can not tell by looking if someone is “HEALTHY” or not. I played basketball at a major university with females built just like her. Females probably more active than most of the 110 lb girls calling her fat here. She has an extremely large chest. Sure she is not thin, but I can assure you if you calculated her BMI (body mass index for the OBVIOUSLY UNEDCUATED POSTING ON THIS SITE) I would almost bet she fell within a healthy range for her height. It would be on the high end of her range, but it would definately not be the obese range. Educate yourselves before calling someone fat. Even moreso, in some cases it is MORE UNHEALTHY to be UNDERWEIGHT than it is to be a few pounds overweight. Read the statistics on how many people die from anorexia and bulemia every year. If you’re truly concerned about people’s size and health, be consistant, do not just do it to pick on the few that aren’t a size 2. She’s beautiful and represents THE TRUE AMERICAN WOMAN. And another note, she is the same size Marilyn Monroe was…it was just glamorous then. Think about it. :)

Melissa on

Some of you people make me sick. The only reason that you are degrading Latifah is obvious, you have your own issues about how you look. She might be fuller than some women but she has a beautiful face and radiates confidence. And Casi there IS such thing as having a large bone structure. I am a fairly fit woman that will never be a size 2 because I actually have hips and breasts and I am proud of that. Id rather have some curve to me than have a body of a 12 year old boy. Props to Latifah for having a positive attitude and for being so talented. Queen Latifah is a perfect role model “fitness wise”. She is an inspiration to all NORMAl woman that have body issues.

jill e on

weng foo you are also definately not the one to be giving advice about health. Especially about African American health you know nothing about the makeup of black peoples bodies so shut up.

Pasha on

I really wonder if the person who is calling Queen Latifa fat has ever had to work on a weight issue- it is very easy to judge those that have to work at weight loss – As for the Lady Latifa she is a remarkable person who is willing to put her “weakness” out there to help others. She appears to be an amazing lady..I for one admire her and what she stands for.

sheryl on

i think she looks amazing!!!! i am also 6 ft tall, bigger and almost 40. i will take my curves, bigger chest, normal blood pressure and blood sugar levels, good health and confidence over being an unhealthy and too skinny. my husband also agrees and said he wouldnt ever want me skinny! he loves me and my curves!

SusiQ on

Lots of comments as to “is she too fat/is she not”. My personal take is if you’re getting diet and/or nutrition advice from a message board on People website, your weight’s not your only problem!!

Teriqua Jones on

I love her! Unfortunately this is the only picture I have ever seen of her when she isn’t smiling. She’s allowed to be any size she wants, but her talent will always be larger than she is. She’s using her talent to help the people in Haiti; this makes her a Humanitarian.
Weng Foo your name seems Asian. Which would explain a lot about your anger. I bet she doesn’t go shopping at the local animal shelter for her dinner. Most Asian people eat too much rotten filth to gain weight. Road kill filled with worms will keep you thin. Please go away, the rest of us like her.

Mary on

Teriqua, that has to be one of the most RACIST things I’ve ever read on this blog. Asians are angry and thin because they eat roadkill? As an Asian, I find this extremely offensive. While I agree that Weng Foo’s comments are bit idiotic (I think Queen Latifah looks good), yours are much worse. I suggest you take you and your racist diatribe off this website.

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AmandaD on

I heard that she was using VirtualGym TV to help stay in shape….

Carter Ward on

Healthy weight is easy to maintain, just watch your diet and always exercise.”.’

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healthy weight may not be achieved easily if you are very lazy to exercise~**

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