Oprah Winfrey is one of the most accomplished women in the world. The billionaire talk show host/actress/mogul has been living her best life, as she would say, for decades.
But as powerful as she is, she still has had issues with food. Winfrey wrote about it in Food, Health and Happiness, her 2017 cookbook and shared that her “powerful need to please everybody on a never-ending basis” led her on the road to weight gain.
Even when she became famous as the host of The Oprah Winfrey Show, she had to deal with Joan Rivers asking her about her weight on The Tonight Show. How embarrassing.
She admitted, “When I feel emotionally depleted or deprived, when I’m overwhelmed by life’s pressures, food has always been my drug of choice — the way alcohol or gambling or shopping might be for someone else. But none of these are fixes,” she noted. “They’re all just empty promises. They don’t actually fill you up inside. They’re like junk food for the soul.” It’s humbling to know that the most powerful woman in American feels that way — sharing the struggle that millions of women in this country face as well.
In 2015, Winfrey bought a share of Weight Watchers and finally started changing her thinking about food for good. “When I manage to nourish myself with the stuff that really matters, food tends to be much less complicated,” she writes. “These are the moments when I’m just genuinely hungry for a wonderful meal, a good sipping tequila, and a long talk with a few old friends.” She told People in 2017 that she had lost 42.5 pounds on the Weight Watchers plan, saying, “I finally made peace with food.”