In an interview with The New York Times, Oprah says that while she is all aboard for body positivity, when it comes to her weight she has a limit. And it’s not about looks, it’s about her health.
‘I can’t accept myself if I’m over 200 pounds [90 kilos], because it’s too much work on my heart,’ the 63-year-old admits.
’It causes high blood pressure for me. It puts me at risk for diabetes, because I have diabetes in my family.’
For Oprah it wasn’t about being slender. It was about feeling in control, something she struggled with after breaking her ankle in 2015.
That year she bought a 10% stake in Weight Watchers and has found success as a member of the programme as well.
‘It’s a mechanism to keep myself on track that brings a level of consciousness and awareness to my eating,’ she says.
‘It actually is, for me, mindful eating, because the points are so ingrained now.’
Since signing up she has lost almost 20 kilos, and says the experience has enabled her to take control of her diet without feeling deprived.
As a result she has finally ‘made peace with food’, she said in an interview with PEOPLE.
‘This has been the easiest process that I’ve ever experienced.’