When it comes to her weight, Oprah Winfrey has always been straightforward.
The talk show queen says in the January issue of “O” magazine out Tuesday that she now weighs 200 pounds (90 kilograms) 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 (18 kilograms) to her frame since she weighed 160 pounds (72 kilograms) 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.
Winfrey famously wheeled a wagon loaded with fat onto the set of her talk show, “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” in 1988 to represent a 67-pound (30-kilogram) weight loss. She had lost the pounds (kilograms) with a liquid protein diet.
“I had literally starved myself for four months — not a morsel of food,” Winfrey recalled in 2005.
Winfrey’s weight has yo-yoed to the delight of the tabloid press ever since. She weighed as many as 237 pounds (108 kilograms) and by late 1990 admitted she had regained most of the 67 pounds (30 kilograms), saying “I’ll never diet again.”
In 1994, she ran a marathon and by 1996 hired personal trainer Bob Greene, saying her roller-coaster weight saga was over.
But now, Winfrey finds herself tipping the scales again, telling AP Television last week that she has yet to choose 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.”
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.”
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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