Oprah Discusses Weight Gain Guilt After Falling off the Diet Wagon
Daytime talk show host Oprah Winfrey comes clean on her guilt over her battle with weight gain over the past 2 years, saying that she's "fallen off the wagon" and "embarrassed" that she let it happen again. Oprah isn't that tall, standing at just over 5'5", and therefore fluctuations in her weight are likely much more pronounced than what a taller woman might experience.
In the January issue of "O" magazine, the 54-year-old talk show host admits she's gained 40 pounds since 2006, putting her current weight at 200 pounds. She says she's struggled with an out-of-balance thyroid and the condition made her worry about how much she could work out.
"I look at my thinner self and think, 'How did I let this happen again?'" she writes in the not-yet-published article.
"I'm embarrassed," she adds. "I'm mad at myself."
Winfrey's height and weight give her a body mass index of 31.8, which is considered obese according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
While gown shopping for Barack Obama's presidential inauguration on January 20, Oprah really felt the pinch:
Winfrey, 54, confesses that shopping for a gown to wear to the presidential inauguration next month was difficult, but she began facing the music of her current image when she was about to tape a show with Tina Turner and Cher, two trim women several years her senior.
"I felt like a fat cow," she writes. "I wanted to disappear."
Oprah will be focusing on healthy living with the launch of her Best Life Week, beginning on January 5, where she will likely be upfront about her personal weight issues and advise both her audience, and herself, on how to get fit and shed pounds while still remaining healthy.
The issue of O Magazine which features the article outlining her battle with weight gain hits newsstands on December 16.