Oprah: I can’t accept myself if I’m over 200 pounds.
Like most of us, Oprah Winfrey is perfectly comfortable with her body, as long as her weight stays under a certain number. The 63-year-old media mogul says,
For your heart to pump, pump, pump, pump, it needs the least amount of weight possible to do that. So all of the people who are saying, ‘Oh, I need to accept myself as I am’ — I can’t accept myself if I’m over 200 pounds, because it’s too much work on my heart. It causes high blood pressure for me. It puts me at risk for diabetes, because I have diabetes in my family.
Oprah, who purchased a 10 percent stake in Weight Watchers in Oct. 2015 before starting the program herself, continues,
This whole P.C. about accepting yourself as you are — you should, 100 percent. It’s a mechanism to keep myself on track that brings a level of consciousness and awareness to my eating. It actually is, for me, mindful eating, because the points are so ingrained now.
In January, she shared that she’s down 42.5 lbs., and she’s “finally made peace with food,” after just over a year on the program. She says,
This has been the easiest process that I’ve ever experienced. At no time during meals do I deprive myself.