Oprah on “Making Peace with Food”

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Many of us have related to Oprah Winfrey’s struggles with weight and dieting in her thirty+ year career as a talk show host, actress, and producer. She has inspired thousands (maybe millions) of women to lose weight and gain health through various diets – liquid proteins, no carbs, and low-fat, to name a few.

As a self-identified “professional dieter”, Oprah is now a partial owner of Weight Watchers and is, again, sharing her dieting triumph and weight loss in a recent feature article in People Magazine.

But what caught my attention in this article is Oprah’s claim that she has made peace with food.

You see – that’s my focus as a binge eating specialist who works with women with disordered eating at Green Mountain’s Women’s Center for Binge & Emotional Eating.

I was grateful for the opportunity to comment on “making peace with food” in this article that I contributed to Psychology Today.

Read more about my perspective on Oprah’s experience with Weight Watchers.


One response to “Oprah on “Making Peace with Food””

  1. Jan says:

    What a relief, and positive reality check, to read your article, Kari. Thanks for helping to reinforce a message that is entirely counter to the culture of “counting” that translates into a soul- crushing internal dialogue for so many of us.

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Kari Anderson

Having struggled with binge eating and weight stigma herself, Kari’s professional career has a personal passion driving it. She has been working with eating disorders for 25 years, with particular emphasis on Binge Eating Disorder. Kari has the unique ability to lead organizational teams and at the same time connect with individuals on a very real and compassionate level. Often referred to as someone who “gets it” by participants, she creates a safe environment. Prior to coming to Green Mountain, she positioned herself as a respected clinician and leader in the field of eating disorders. Having worked for treatment centers such as Remuda Ranch and The Rader Institute, she had the opportunity to help thousands of patients and their families. She earned her Doctorate of Behavioral Health with her research project The Mindful Eating Cycle: Treatment for Binge Eating Disorder at Arizona State University in 2012. Co-creator of the Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating for Binge Eating Program, Kari also co-authored the acclaimed book, Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Binge Eating: A Mindful Eating Program for Healing Your Relationship with Food and Your Body. Kari leads the Women’s Center for Binge and Emotional Eating at Green Mountain at Fox Run.

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