Oh boy howdy, did I hear about Oprah today! In case you hadn’t heard (which I sincerely doubt is the case), she now WEIGHS TWO HUNDRED POUNDS SHOCK HORROR SHOCK. And is talking about it in the January issue of O Magazine with great consternation and hand wringing.
“I’m mad at myself,” Winfrey writes… “I’m embarrassed. 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?’”
Kate Harding had a good answer:
Honey, you didn’t “let it” happen again. Your body made it happen again, because your body does not freakin’ want to be thin. And every time you quit the part-time job of dieting — or even just cut back your hours — your body goes, “Thank god!” and starts storing fat hand over fist. It happens to nearly all of us. I know you’re a woman who’s used to defying odds by quite a lot, but there is no shame in having a body that responds to dieting in exactly the same way as pretty much everyone else’s.
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.
Interestingly enough, when my husband sent me the link this morning he read it as “Oprah is going to stop dieting!” and quoted me this:
Winfrey also writes that her goal is no longer to be thin; instead, she wants to be strong, healthy and fit.
I think that this little snippet may have gotten lost in the hubbub: her goal is no longer to be thin. She may not be the perfect size acceptance advocate by any stretch of the imagination, but what this quote tells me is that she might actually be on the right track at last. I’ll be interested to see what she says on her show and in her magazine. She no longer strives to be thin. Does she really mean it?
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