Oprah Winfrey, in a recent interview with PEOPLE, shares her lifelong struggle with weight and the emotional toll it took on her.
The media icon opens up about being ridiculed and blamed for her weight, revealing an early hurtful moment when labeled "Dumpy, Frumpy, and Downright Lumpy."
Turning 70 next month, Winfrey expresses optimism about finally achieving long-term weight management using a holistic approach and a prescribed weight-loss medication.
Her weight-loss journey began after knee surgery in 2021, with consistent hiking and lifestyle changes, leading to steady progress over the last two years.
Winfrey now embraces a daily routine of eating her last meal at 4 o'clock, consuming a gallon of water, and following WeightWatchers principles.
The media mogul acknowledges the misconception about willpower, realizing that obesity is a disease and not solely about self-control.
Oprah discusses her decision to use a weight-loss medication as a tool, managing fluctuations and avoiding the shame associated with being ridiculed.
She emphasizes that the medication is not a magic bullet, highlighting the importance of a comprehensive health and fitness routine.
Despite the buzz around her body size and the medication's popularity, Winfrey emphasizes the hard work she has put into her fitness journey.
Oprah concludes by expressing contentment with her progress, sharing a poignant moment of redemption as she achieved a personal goal of walking up a mountain in Hawaii.