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Braunwyn Windham-Burke Opens Up: “Food Was Always Very Hard for Me Growing Up”

The Real Housewives of Orange County rookie Braunwyn Windham-Burke explains how her relationship with food affects her family.

By Alesandra Dubin
Braunwyn Windham-Burke

While The Real Housewives of Orange County newcomer Braunwyn Windham-Burke's family is so large that stocking the kitchen makes for a serious feat — consider grocery shopping with seven kids. But it's not just the logistics that make food a challenge in her household.

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"Food was always very hard for me growing up," Braunwyn explained when The Feast sat down with her at Bravo's Universal City HQ ahead of the RHOC Season 14 premiere. "A lot of [teenage daughter] Rowan’s weight issues came from me."

Braunwyn determined that her daughter absorbed some of her weight issues from her mother, in addition to from Rowan's experience as a dancer in the pressure of the body-conscious dance community. 

"Weight [and] everything’s always been really hard for me. Always. Even now," Braunwyn told The Feast.

But these days, she says she's finding a happy medium by eschewing fad diets and extremes. "It's easier for me to just eat real food and not obsess over it," she said. "I can't really give diet tips because I’m still trying to figure it out on my own. I’m 41 and I’m still working on it."

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