Oprah Winfrey Says She Weighs 200 Pounds

When it comes to her weight, Oprah Winfrey has always been straightforward.

The talk show queen continues the honesty, saying in the January issue of "O" magazine out Tuesday that she now weighs 200 pounds and has "fallen off the wagon" when it comes to healthy living.

"I'm mad at myself," Winfrey writes in an article provided early to The Associated Press by Harpo Productions.

"I'm embarrassed," she writes. "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?'"

In the piece, Winfrey, 54, details her recent struggles with an out-of-balance thyroid and how the condition made her develop "a fear of working out." She says she's added 40 pounds to her frame since she weighed 160 pounds in 2006.

"Yes, you're adding correctly; that means the dreaded 2-0-0," Winfrey writes. "I was so frustrated I started eating whatever I wanted — and that's never good."

Winfrey also writes that her goal is no longer to be thin; instead, she wants to be strong, healthy and fit. She hopes to get started with her upcoming "Best Life Week," starting Jan. 5 with an episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" during which she is expected to talk candidly about her weight.

Winfrey famously wheeled a wagon loaded with fat onto the set of her talk show in 1988 to represent a 67-pound weight loss while wearing a pair of size 10 Calvin Klein jeans. She had lost the pounds with a liquid protein diet.

"I had literally starved myself for four months — not a morsel of food," Winfrey recalled in 2005. "Two hours after that show, I started eating to celebrate — of course, within two days those jeans no longer fit!"

Winfrey's weight has yo-yoed to the delight of the tabloid press ever since. She weighed as many as 237 pounds and by late 1990 admitted she had regained most of the 67 pounds, saying "I'll never diet again."

In 1994, she finished the Marine Corps Marathon and by 1996 hired personal trainer Bob Greene, saying her roller-coaster weight saga was over.

But now, 20 years since the Calvin Klein jeans episode, Winfrey finds herself tipping the scales again, telling AP Television last week that she has yet to chose a gown for President-elect Barack Obama's inaugural ball next month.

"I had a dress on the vision board, but I'm not sure that's gonna fit," Winfrey said. "So I have to work on something else."

In the latest "O" magazine article, Winfrey writes that she hit rock bottom when she wanted to skip out on an April 26 taping with Cher and Tina Turner in Las Vegas.

"I felt like a fat cow," Winfrey writes. "I wanted to disappear."

Winfrey's weight and height put her body mass index at 31.8, which is obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC says people who are obese are "at higher risk for chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol."

It seems Winfrey is aware of the health risks, inviting both Greene and Dr. Mehmet Oz to her show during the first week of January, along with spirituality experts, sex therapists and financial expert Suze Orman.

Winfrey also is expected to discuss her weight on her XM satellite radio station's "The Gayle King Show" on Jan. 5 and will host interactive live Web casts at Oprah.com the week of Jan. 12 to 16 every night at 9 p.m. EST.

Winfrey, an admitted food addict, sounds almost apologetic in her article.

"I definitely wasn't setting an example," she writes. "I was talking the talk, but I wasn't walking the walk. And that was very disappointing to me."

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  • by Roberto Location: CA on Jan 9, 2009 at 01:02 AM
    To Mary: Yes, I understand the problem of weight and how it fits into our societal structure, and I also empathize. However, this is someone who has spent years pretending to be an ideal human being without ever doing anything to live up to that (oftentimes she even goes in the exact opposite direction). The reality here is that she is essentially attention whoring and bragging of her immense wealth to those of us who don't crap in gold toilets and use rolls of money to clean up afterward in these horrifying times (financially speaking and otherwise). Why would we give a damn about how fat this lady is when some of us are worried about keeping our job and being able to afford food and shelter? Seriously? I know that some of you might feel comfort in a celebrity admitting to suffering from a problem that you also face, but honestly...you don't need it. Just remember that there are vast amounts of others who are facing the same thing who DON'T use personal man slaves as portable steps.
  • by Talon Location: NC on Dec 14, 2008 at 02:29 PM
  • by girl bye! Location: greenville on Dec 14, 2008 at 08:09 AM
    OMG! what is up with these comments u people should stop being so mean!I didn't know that people hold so much hate in thier hearts. smile god loves eveybody people!
  • by Dontblameme Location: in 08 on Dec 13, 2008 at 08:56 PM
    Oprah who??????I guess if ya can't do something positive and news worthy.........Make up some lame story on yourself.She most be jealous her buddy Obama is getting all the attention lately!
  • by Roscoe Ledbetter Location: Bull Swamp Road on Dec 11, 2008 at 01:16 PM
    Barbeque: Your 'ol "Western Style" mess ain't even fit to eat! Nobody around here wants that nasty slop. Looks and tastes like puke. Tomatoes and molasses! Why not just put primer paint and tobacco juice onto it? Yuck! Y'all MUST be from up north or somewheres anyhow; just look at how you spelled the sacred meat: BARBEQUE .. everyone knows it's spelled BARBECUE here in the barbecue center of the universe. Y'all just go on and eat your nasty motor-oil tastin' red-sauced slop. We know what good 'cue is here in EAST NC. The only reason anyone from up there where y'all from ever stayed down here anyway is 'cause your jalopy died, rolled down here to a stop, and you couldn't get back home where they cook that horrid stuff. Smells like turpentine, looks like a garbage bucket turned over. Whew, Lawdy. Makes me wanna go to Parkers and salivate over some REAL BARBECUE ... while splashin' on that DEE-LICIOUS VINEGAR BASED SAUCE! Andy knows the truth: Mmm, Mmm, Gooood! Makes you wanna slap yo ma!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 10, 2008 at 09:51 PM
    Celeberity Biggest loser!! Let her on the show.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Dec 10, 2008 at 08:35 PM
    Thank You crack....there is a first time for everything!
  • by pb Location: belhaven on Dec 10, 2008 at 08:25 PM
    quit eating
  • by crack on Dec 10, 2008 at 03:15 PM
    i agree (for once) with alpha female, it IS genetic, it has to do with your bone structure and your propensity to gain weight based on your metabolism and tolerance for glucose, blah blah. i know cause if i dont fight weight gain on a daily basis i will be overweight. my sister was born a size two and will always be a size two no matter what she eats. she has a small frame and great metabolism. im built like a linebacker, lucky me, and have the metabolism of a boa constrictor. i have to go on a liquid diet to lose weight. she skips a meal and loses two dress sizes in an hour. its all in your DNA, and in what you eat and how you exersize. dieting is like quitting smoking, getting off drugs, or whatever. ive heard sugar addiction is right up there with crack addiction, and i believe it. so its hard work for those of us who are fat, and we have the lovely comments of the non fat to fuel our disappointment in ourselves. and you are all right. this is not news.
  • by Beau Location: Washington on Dec 10, 2008 at 01:06 PM
    Who cares? This is not news!! So she is fat. Alot of people are fat. Some happy others not. I could not care less.

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