Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Oprah: "I'm Mad At Myself, I'm Embarrassed" Over Weight Gain

Oprah! Stop it. You're beautiful -- gorgeous, fabulous, magnificent. Don't be any different than you are and don't beat yourself up for not being something that's just a phantom. Your size is not a matter of self-control, or greed, or laziness. We'll never be healthy when we're telling ourselves crap like that. We don't criticize people with allergies for having runny noses. We don't condemn people who need glasses. The foods we crave are our responses to our body's nutritional deficiencies and imbalances, not to mention just being hungry. I'm just y'know, a person who eats, but I'm really convinced that our dependence on simple carbs has created a nation of addicts, all loathing ourselves for not having control of our dependency. We've learned better about cigarettes, heroin, cocaine, alcohol -- you can't just decide to quit and be done with it (okay, some people do, but they are the exceptional exception; we should put them in labs and study them). Cravings are a true physical drive that we don't have as much control over as we imagine. I don't believe this thinking that it means that we can't control our health and we are all just doomed to be fat and diabetic. I think that when we accept that it's an addiction we can finally respond appropriately and really care for ourselves.
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1 comment:

Heather Wardell said...

Amen, sister. With all the success Oprah's had, all the wonderful things she's done (and I'm not always her biggest fan but the depth of what she's accomplished is undeniable) I think it's tragic she's worrying about her weight.

Be healthy, yes. Be 'thin'? Skim milk is thin. People should be strong and vital.