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Oprah on Food Abuse

By now you've probably heard about Oprah's 40 pound weight gain. She's been extremely open and honest about "falling off the health wagon" and is back to the weighing the dreaded 2-0-0. Her thyroid problem is not the cause of the weight gain or simply over eating. Oprah abused food. When she couldn't satisfy her metaphoric hunger for life balance, she ate and didn't know when to stop. Take a look at the video below to hear her explain.

When it comes to losing or maintaining a healthy weight, although it is difficult you have to put yourself first. A spare hour for exercising isn't just going to magically appear in your schedule. You have to carve out the time, whether it means setting your alarm earlier, hitting the gym on your lunch break, or taking on less commitments.

To see Oprah's plan to help her stop abusing food and regain order and balance in her life,


Oprah is kicking off her Best Life Week to get herself back to a healthy lifestyle and inspire others to do the same. Check out what Oprah has planned for 2009. We can all learn from this list of healthy resolutions.

  1. Put yourself back on your to-do list and make yourself a priority. Oprah's rearranged her schedule so she has "me time," for exercising and pampering.
  2. Plan your meals. Make a schedule each week for all your meals and snacks, because if you don't plan, you'll end up getting hungry and reaching for corn chips or some other quick and not-so-healthy food.
  3. Include cardio in your exercise routine. Oprah does at least 30 minutes a day.
  4. Include resistance training. Use weights, resistance bands, kettlebells, machines, or do strength training exercises. This is important for toning your muscles and will also help prevent injuries.

Sounds reasonable and I sure hope she finds balance.

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mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 8 years
God bless Stedman if he has to listen to this self-absorbed sister flap her gums all the time. Dang. I used to love her...but I'm soooo OVER OPRAH.
alxxxmx alxxxmx 8 years
hllrbackgirl hllrbackgirl 8 years
I'm so over hearing about Oprah's struggle with her weight.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
I concur with Choco-cat. And I think the real reason why she's always going up and down is that she goes on extreme fad diets. If she accepted her body for what it is, remove out the notion of what her body should look like from her head and ate normally, she would probably not have such an extreme weight problem.
Choco-cat Choco-cat 8 years
I am so tired of Oprah going on and on about her weight. I wish she would learn to accept herself - that would be a true inspiration to all her watchers.
booglass booglass 8 years
As a person who struggled to lose 32 pounds to be on the chubby side of thin, I have to say I applaud her openness about the role food plays in substituting for what you lack in life. I am surprised that she shrugged off a 5 lb weight gain. I am hyper-vigilant and even 2 pounds is cause for alarm that gets me re-focused on portions and exercise.
rinerlt rinerlt 8 years
I have always liked Oprah. Her philanthropic personality, her ability to enlighten her audience, and her reach across the world is nothing short of awe-inspiring. I have great admiration for this woman in a variety of areas. That being said, I was appalled by Monday's show. As a person who has hypothyroidism and battles with it on a daily basis, I was floored to her blase attitude towards the disorder and the affects it has on one's life. To even imply that she has been "cured" (her words, not mine) is misinforming the millions of viewers that will take it to heart because "Oprah" said it. Ask any endocrinologist out there and they will tell you that there is no CURE for thyroid disorders. You can overcome some of the struggles with the disorder (weight gain, extreme fatigue, etc.), however one cannot be "cured" of the disorder as a whole. My "beef" with Oprah and thyroid disorders stemmed from the first episode in which discussed her battle with her thyroid. Instead of highlighting all the various treatments for these issues and giving her viewers all of the options available to them, she brought on a doctor that made various ludicrous claims such as the fact that women tend to suffer from thyroid disorders because we bottle up our emotions too much and talked about a SOY-based diet to help her through it. Might I add that on most thyroid medications, many doctors urge you to stay away from these same SOY-based diets. I commend Oprah for stepping out there and sharing her life with her viewers, however I feel by doing so, she needs to not present or imply false hope to her many followers who may not have access to anything aside from Oprah, Dr. Oz, and her other guest speakers.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Wow, I just speechless. I guess sometimes its not about the food and exercise for everyone it's about other things. It makes me feel like everyone has issues and its okay if you can get back up; no matter who you are.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I feel sorry for Oprah, too.
TammyO TammyO 8 years
I just wish Oprah would stop talking about herself for once.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Oprah's excuse problem is the problem with Oprah. Not food not her thyroid not global warming but truly the fact that she cannot live without an excuse for being human is her problem. As Palahniuk said through Tyler Durden, "You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You are the same decaying organic matter as everyone else, and we are all a part of the same compost pile." Oprah really need to get over it and move on. I like to request that Dr. Oz put her in a Psych hospital for a few months. She's got narcissism and delusions of grandeur oozing from every pore.
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 8 years
as a recovered anorexic, one thing I learned through that process was that even though on the surface it was about the food and the body, deep down it really wasn't about the food. so, of course, cravings are totally normal: eating good food is a good experience. but when you start using food as a way to cope, whether having too little or too much, that's when things go downhill.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I kind of feel sorry for Oprah, but she does know what she has to do to lose the weight. It's up to her to put the effort in to get results. Her trainer and her chef can't force-feed her and get her to work out...they can only give her directions.
almostloli almostloli 8 years
i think she's right.. or maybe not.. sometimes we really are craving for the food? are we not? but yeah if i come to think of it if i get bored, i eat.. luckily when i start gaining pounds i'll just freak out and work the extra pounds and try lose them before gaining more
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
She was very open in this show and really vulnerable and i liked that about her. No one is perfect, huh?
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 8 years
I've always said that those with a lot of money had no reason to be over weight. With the opportunity to have a home gym, nutritionist, personal chef and person trainer there should be no excuse. But seeing Oprah, who is a billionaire, struggle with her weight for many years..., it’s really an eye opener for me. Health issues aside, I now understand the true ingredients to a health and fit lifestyle. Exercise and a healthy diet is clearly not enough sometimes.
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