05/22/2013 10:01 am ET

The Pace Sisters Discuss Weight Issues With Iyanla Vanzant (VIDEO)

The Pace Sisters, an acclaimed gospel singing group, have struggled with their weight for years. The seven siblings admit to overeating, centering relationships around food and living with weight-related health issues -- in fact, during filming for "Iyanla: Fix My Life," sister Melonda Pace suffered a stroke and was unable to continue. The stakes are higher than ever for these overweight women, so Iyanla Vanzant visited the Pace sisters to help them understand what's really behind their weight issues.

Though she's not a nutritionist or trainer, Iyanla says it's clear to her that what's hurting this family isn't what they're eating -- it's what's eating them. In this clip from "Iyanla: Fix My Life," six of the seven Pace sisters set out on a brisk walk with Iyanla when sister June suddenly slows down.

"What happened, Miss June?" Iyanla asks, staying behind while the rest of the Pace sisters continue the walk.

"The doctor told me don't do any walking, but I do try and it's hurting," June explains.

Sensing an emotional component to this story, Iyanla poses a poignant question. "Tell me what it's like living in that body. What is that like?" she asks June.

"It's like I'm looking at a stranger because I'm not used to being this big," June admits, also sharing that she's been carrying extra weight ever since giving birth to her daughter more than 30 years ago. "When I gained those 40 pounds I thought my life was ended."

This confession is the start of what Iyanla has been trying to get the Pace sisters to understand and acknowledge about the root of their weight issues. "The weight is covering other stuff up," Iyanla says gently.

"I get it," June says quietly.

"Iyanla: Fix My Life" airs on OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network.



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