My favorite celebrity, Queen of Daytime TV Oprah Winfrey, has gone up again. Nope, not in ratings. In weight.
In the January 2009 issue of “O Magazine”, Oprah candidly discusses her shame over her recent weight gain. On the cover, Oprah, who has reached “the dreaded 2-0-0”, stands next to her slimmer self at a healthy 160 lbs. in 2005.
“I’m mad at myself,” Winfrey writes in the essay, which hits newsstands this Tuesday.
Since her break into daytime television in 1984, Oprah has publicly dealt with the fluctuations in her weight. She once took to the airwaves to proudly boast having lost 67 lbs. Within a few years, she had re-gained the weight she lost and then some, weighing in at her heaviest, 237 lbs.
“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?'”
Oprah cites frustration and a thyroid condition for her weight gain, in addition to poor care.
“When it comes to maintaining my health, I didn’t just fall off the wagon,” she writes. “I let the wagon fall on me.”
Oprah resolves to take better care of herself and, in true fashion, assist others who are struggling to control their weight as well. Beginning January 5, The Oprah Winfrey Show will host “Oprah’s Best Life Week,” a five-day series of advice on health, spirit, money and relationships to guide viewers through the new year.