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Oprah Gained Weight — Are You Surprised?

Oprah has always been very open about her battles with her weight. In 1990 she hit her heaviest at 237, but Bob Greene came to her rescue with The Best Life Diet, and she dropped to 160 by 2006. By 2007, she was fit and healthy and even ran a marathon. This year, she went vegan for a 21-day cleanse.

In the latest issue of O magazine, however, Oprah talks about gaining weight, admitting that she hit the "dreaded 2-0-0." For her height and weight, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that puts Oprah in the obese category, since her BMI is 31.8. She's concerned that the extra weight puts her at risk for health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol. Since she has issues with her thyroid, she had a fear of working out, and she said, "I was so frustrated I started eating whatever I wanted — and that's never good." She also said, "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?'"

As Oprah is always looking to better herself, she's planning to get back in shape in 2009 with her upcoming Best Life Week series beginning Jan. 5.

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laluna27 laluna27 8 years
I know shes always yo yoed, but I'm still surprised when celebrities let themselves go - I mean they have enough money and resources to pay someone to make sure they don't go off the deep end.
Misalady Misalady 8 years
I'm not surprised but I admire that she always seems to "get back in the saddle" after a big fall.
sundaygreen sundaygreen 8 years
I LOVE Mark's Daily Apple! That guy is pretty inspirational. He looks AMAZING for 51!
MDA-Guy MDA-Guy 8 years
I agree with P Singh. Admittedly, I'm a long time reader of Mark Sisson's daily apple, but in this case, I think he's got some really good advice for Oprah. It's obvious her diet isn't working and the experts she's surrounded herself with aren't doing a very good job. It's time she tried something new. Just in case anyone missed the link:
ccwhite ccwhite 8 years
This is definitely NOT about willpower. Overeating physically changes your brain chemistry and it becomes almost impossible to control. It doesn't take willpower, it just takes consistency each day, and if you loose consistency, then you lose the battle. I've lost 50 pounds in a year, but I'll never be a 'thin' person, it's like being an alcoholic, you'll always be in a battle, and if you're not not conscious of what you're doing EVERY SINGLE DAY, you'll slip. It's the hardest struggle and it doesn't matter how rich you are, the struggle is the same for all overweight people, so I have a lot of empathy for Oprah, but I do believe that she'll slim down soon now that's she's hit 200. The same thing happened to me and if it freaks you out enough, you'll do something about it.
rconant rconant 8 years
I'm sorry, but what a horrible poll! Is that the best we can do? How about are you encouraged to make New Years resolutions and stick to them? Do you feel you can relate to what Oprah's going through? I don't feel sorry for her, she's a human being and every normal person goes through time periods when their weight is not perfect. She'll be fine. She's been through this before and she knows what to do. I think we should be ashamed for passing a judgement like that. Are you surprised? I am, that we're that shallow!
P-Singh P-Singh 8 years
I feel bad for Oprah. She has access to best advice, food, science and trainers in the world and she still can't get it right. But there is hope. Here is a quote for Mark Sisson of Mark’s Daily Apple - one of my favorite health blogs: “…here’s my challenge to you, Oprah: give me 60 days with the Primal Blueprint and I’ll give you your life back. Period. Guaranteed.” Truth be told, I think he could do it. The guy is a master at what he does. He walks the walk and has helped thousands of people turn their lives around. If he has helped me I'm sure he could help Oprah.
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
I'm not surprised, but I feel sorry for her because she can't keep it under control.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
on one hand i'm AM surprised since she's always made it a point to talk about how health conscious she's trying to be but on the other hand, she's had a history of issues with her weight and it's a hard cycle to break.
mtiger mtiger 8 years
It's really not healthy for your weight to go dramatically up and down like that. I know losing weight is so hard. I've lost 34 pounds since June and it's really been a struggle. I hope she reaches a healthy weight and stays there.
kitchenfloor kitchenfloor 8 years
I agree with eadavenp.
mod16 mod16 8 years
poor thing
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
She has the money to have trainers, chefs, therapists, etc. How is it that she still has gained weight? People would kill to have the weight-loss resources she does. She SHOULD feel embarassed.
crayolasky crayolasky 8 years
She is a classic yo-yo dieter. I don't think she realises how many people would LOVE to have a trainer and support like that! She has tons of resources for this..why doesn't she use them?! She needs to diet and DO IT RIGHT. If she ever had the willpower to go on a liquid diet for 4 months, plus tons of diets since, she has the willpower to stick to a balanced diet which allows her to treat herself here and there (not everyday/night). I understand how it's an addiction and a struggle, but it's possible to overcome. Mind over matter. There are people much heavier than she is. Yes, she does look overweight, but not obese, IMO. She'll go back down in weight I'm sure...but hopefully she'll try to stay there this time. And WHY does she want everyone to know her weight?! If I was in her position, I'd be embarrassed - and try to lose weight, not complain and tell the whole world about it!
Marlovestar Marlovestar 8 years
I feel like after all these years, she only "diets" to lose weight. She has still not learned the concept of a lifestyle change. Once she finally realizes that then she will be able to maintain her weight loss.
foxie foxie 8 years
She should take a perma-veg-pledge! =D
sundaygreen sundaygreen 8 years
Bob Greene isn't going to be there when she's stuffing that piece of cake in her mouth at 11pm, so no I'm not surprised. But then again, she's human and I sympathise. I think it's pretty brave she put herself on the cover like that.
MoeLicious MoeLicious 8 years
But when Oprah says she doesnt feel like exercising. Whos going to argue with her? She has a great support system, all the money in the world but she has the final say if she wants to be active or not....
Emily-Baraf Emily-Baraf 8 years
It saddens me that a woman like oprah... so successful and inspirational still can't accept and love the body she has been given If she can't be enough for herself... what hope is there for the rest of us? Check out my elaborated thoughts on this
ComicsDiva ComicsDiva 8 years
I am surprised that Oprah has gained weight. I agree with Mila_83. Oprah supposedly has an outstanding support team. Why didn't she pick up the phone, send an email or text to Bob Greene or her physician and tell them she was concerned that her thyroid condition would be adversely affected by exercise? If you don't know - ask an expert. That's what she would tell her audience.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
I'm not surprised, but I do admire Oprah for at least always trying to do *something* about her weight. I'm sure she'll get back down somehow...she's got more resources available than most people for that kind of thing. Thyroid issues, if I remember correct, give a person a sluggish metabolism, making it very difficult to lose weight. It's not just about "working harder like everyone else". Even if she worked out 24/7, if she's got a serious thyroid condition, she'd need that and probably meds to manage the thyroid condition to actually lose weight and keep it off. Her fluctuations just go to show that it really isn't strict regimens or fads and fad diets that keep you healthy/thin, it's about changing your life to healthy choices a permanent thing. I don't think this Best Life Diet, or a vegan cleanse, or vitamins, or CR, or anything else by itself is going to give anybody what they want - for long, anyway.
Jabbadoo Jabbadoo 8 years
Wow, usually I love the comments on this blog, but today there is sure a lot of hating going on. I don't feel sorry for her, but nor do I feel the need to be vindictive about her yo-yo'ing in spite of having a full support system. Weight loss is really, really hard. And no... in the bigger picture, it is not simply about eating less, and exercising more. There is an entire mental issue that no amount of trainers and nutritionists can fix, you have to do it yourself, and it's a lifelong deal. We are all human, and you just have to keep working at it. We all can live with a little more grace, compassion and understanding. It costs nothing and it doesn't matter who you are. :)
Colleeninator Colleeninator 8 years
I'm actually convinced it's at least halfway for publicity's sake.
myystque myystque 8 years
No, because it's difficult to maintain a physique like that.
heartbreakerx62x heartbreakerx62x 8 years
Wow, honestly, the woman gains a little weight and there is a blog bashing her about it. No wonder tons of women in the US have some form of an eating disorder, women don't even support each other, they just bash! And not one person has criticized from a health-perspective either.
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