I’m not judging Oprah. What weight struggling woman doesn’t feel compassion and empathy when we see one of our own go up and down the scale every few years? It hurts. It’s demoralizing. And it can’t be healthy. Not to mention she does it in front of all our eyes.
Over the years I’ve refused to go to even the most casual dinner with my friends because I felt ‘fat’ (not something I’m proud of), but, regardless of her size, Oprah walks regally down the red carpet for God knows what major event knowing the whole world will be talking about her every crook and cranny. The pressure must be enormous, but there she is. She doesn’t seem to shrink from her commitments – so kudos to her for that.
Oprah isn’t a God or a deity – although sometimes she plays one on TV. She’s a contemporary woman in our culture who struggles. And whether she knows it or not, every time her struggle hits the cover of tabloids or the nightly news (and it does), we learn something. No matter how much money, power and influence you have, conquering a weight problem is tough and diets don’t work .
PS: I’m sure she’ll be offering womens weight loss advice to all her viewers regarding her newest regime. So, viewer beware! Cuz if it walks like a diet…