Mental Health

Dear Oprah

Dear Oprah,

Well. Here we are again.

I saw you on TV this morning advertising a diet.

Are we through the looking glass?? Seriously.

You’ve been here before. So many times. As a long time viewer (when your show was still popular enough to be on mainstream TV), I am well aware that your battle with your weight (and I suspect your personal demons) has been long term, hard going and well documented.

You know better than most people that dieting doesn’t work. You’re well aware that statistically, most people who lose weight put it all back on again and then some. And then some more.

Can I remind you that your previous “successes” include the 1988 loss of 67lb via the medium of a liquid protein diet? 67lb you soon put back on.

You’ve made mistakes and you’ve said as much yourself.
So why on earth have you now bought shares in Weightwatchers? What possible benefit could there be for you to invest in the multi-million pound diet industry, fuelled by insecurity and perpetuated by the media? Oh wait.

Frankly your greed disgusts me. You have worked hard and earned a fortune. For you now to prey on the misery of other women solely to boost your own bank balance is nothing short of despicable.

Making money from others’ insecurities is not cool. Making money from those insecurities when you know exactly the damage caused by the diet industry, when you’ve felt that pain yourself is evil.

You are in a position of influence. You have an unusual amount of power. You’re trusted and respected. You could have done something worthwhile. You could have done something radical.

You could have told the truth about life as a fat woman, called for an end to body shaming and championed size acceptance.

You did none of these things.

You chose to sell out. You chose to be the face of a company that sells a false dream. That literally trades on hopes and fears.

What know for sure is this – you have compromised your integrity by getting into bed with Weightwatchers.

You are a false prophet and I have lost all respect for you.


31st December 2015 at 4:54 pm

Totally agree – I’m not a fan of Oprah in her ivory towers at all xx

    Daisy Hollands
    31st December 2015 at 4:58 pm

    I used to be. She’s taught me many things over the years. I learned about forgiveness from Oprah. Today I learned never to trust her again.

31st December 2015 at 5:16 pm

I would not be surprised if Oprah did bail out Weight Watchers. I heard they were suffering financially. Out of all the ‘diet fixes’, Weight Watchers rates very high as a safe, moderate, long term weight management program. I joined about ten years ago due to bad health and I did lose weight. It was not very expensive. I liked the meetings and the accountability piece. I felt it was cheaper than a gym membership and Jenny Craig. I lost while I went. I stopped after six months because of lifestyle changes and the recurring psychological issues I needed to address. I gained all of the weight back plus another 50 pounds. It’s not WW’s fault. The program is sound. Whether Oprah boosts their earning is another goal for her and the company. I don’t want to be skinny, I want to be healthy. It’s not about size or the number on the scale. My self esteem is great as I am and I support anyone who wants to improve their quality of life–even if it takes umpteen tries. After all, isn’t that what the journey is all about?

    Daisy Hollands
    31st December 2015 at 5:19 pm

    “I gained all of the weight back plus another 50 pounds. The program is sound”

    Your idea of sound and mine are completely different. Thank you for your comment. I respect your opinion although I disagree with you.

      31st December 2015 at 7:50 pm

      You completely missed my point. My failure to address psychological issues caused the weight gain. I think your point is to stop any efforts toward healthy eating because it may not work. Nothing is permanent when it comes to healthy living and weight loss. A sound program is one that educates and encourages healthy eating, moderate exercise, and community support. One thing Weight Watchers is not licensed to do is to change one’s mindset and provide therapy. My gaining back the weight is not WW’s fault. I worked in Substance Abuse for years. Success rate is very low in this field. The clients that were the most successful were the ones who addressed the cause of their behaviors (and be willing to work through their issues) rather than stop the behavior. My weight issue is multi-faceted: PCOS, hereditary, prescribed steroids for asthma and hormonal imbalance, and emotional eating. Whew!! There is no miracle cure — not even surgery–it takes work. As I said before, healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle is a (actively seeking) journey–and Weight Watchers provides education and support to those who want it.

        Daisy Hollands
        31st December 2015 at 7:54 pm

        My point is absolutely not to stop any efforts towards healthy eating! Show me where I said anything remotely like that?
        My point is that Weightwatchers and other similar organisations – because there are many – are only really in business because of repeat customers. Because of insecurities. Because of the media’s obsession with youth and aesthetic “beauty”. These diets have been proven not to work long term. Many studies decrying obesity are funded by – guess what – the diet industry.

31st December 2015 at 6:59 pm

Can I get a HELL BLOODY YES! Where the hell is that fierce woman that stared in the colour purple or fought for womens rights back when she was popular! Yoyo dieting doesn’t work and neither does slaying down womens bodies to gain more money in your overflowing bank account. It gives everything else she has ever done less integrity! x

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