Breaking news, everyone: Oprah’s gotten fat again. Yawn.
The 54-year-old talk show queen ‘fesses up in the January edition of O magazine to what has been apparent to viewers for some time — she’s gained weight. Oprah, an admitted food addict, says she’s regained 40 pounds in the past two years, bringing her to a current weight of 200 pounds. MSNBC reports:
“I’m mad at myself,” Winfrey writes in an article provided early to The Associated Press by Harpo Productions.
“I’m embarrassed,” she writes. “I can’t believe that after all these years, all the things I know how to do, I’m still talking about my weight. I look at my thinner self and think, ‘How did I let this happen again?”’
“I was so frustrated I started eating whatever I wanted — and that’s never good, writes Winfrey. “…I definitely wasn’t setting an example. I was talking the talk, but I wasn’t walking the walk. And that was very disappointing to me.”
Winfrey also writes that her goal is no longer to be thin; instead, she wants to be strong, healthy and fit. She hopes to get started with her upcoming “Best Life Week,” starting Jan. 5 with an episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” during which she is expected to talk candidly about her weight.
Oprah can’t believe she’s still talking about her weight, but I sure can. It wasn’t that long ago the talk show maven went on a liquid diet, “literally starving” herself for four months and inspiring thousands of viewers to do the same. Within just days of eating normal foods again, she was no longer able to slide into those size-10 Calvins. She’s the poster child for unproven, untested, unsuccessful and medically unsound weight-loss plans galore – plans that despite their proven ineffectiveness, continue to motivate viewers to try similar methods because Oprah did it! And yet even with her great wealth, personal chef and trainer and access to healthy foods and fitness resources, Oprah hasn’t been able to sustain a weight loss for any length of time. We don’t need Einstein to tell us that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Considering that more than 49 million viewers tune in to Oprah each week and three quarters of them are female, I truly hope Oprah is sincere in dropping the goal of thindom and instead focusing on becoming more fit, healthy and strong. It’d also be nice if her upcoming segments address, oh, the fact that few people can lose a lot of weight and keep it off and that dieting is part of the reason; how metabolism and bodies change with age; how researchers have isolated at least 250 genetic causes of obesity and that fighting one’s natural size and shape is usually an exercise in futility; how medical conditions like Oprah’s own “out-of-balance thyroid,” PCOS and depression can cause unexplained weight gain and make it difficult to lose weight; how fitness, not fatness is a better marker of health and longevity; the correlations between poverty and obesity; and the rising rates of eating disorders amongst teens, especially those teens who are fat.
Oprah’s already walked the walk. Now it’s time to finally talk the talk.