Oprah Winfrey has admitted to using a weight-loss medication after months of speculation.
The 69-year-old billionaire confirmed People that she uses an unnamed weight loss medication as a tool to control her weight. She praised the medication for allowing her to lead a healthier lifestyle amid career-long scrutiny over her weight.
“The fact that there is an approved prescription to control my weight and stay healthier throughout my life feels like a relief, a redemption, a gift, and not something to hide behind and once again be ridiculed for. . I am absolutely tired of being embarrassed by other people and especially by myself,” she told the outlet in a cover story published on December 13.
“It was a public sport to make fun of me for 25 years,” said the Purple color star added. “I was guilty and ashamed, and I blamed myself and I was ashamed.”
Winfrey has been dealing with a lot of offensive comments about her appearance for years. Speaking with PeopleShe described a specific moment when she appeared on fashion critic Mr. Blackwell's list, where she was dubbed “Dumpy, Frumpy and Downright Lumpy” on the cover of a magazine.
“I wasn’t angry,” she said of the time. “I felt sad. I felt hurt. I swallowed the shame. I accepted that it was my fault.”
Thanks to the weight-loss medication, along with a new fitness and diet regimen, Winfrey feels better equipped to maintain a healthy weight long-term. She said People that her weight loss journey was spurred after she underwent rehabilitation following knee surgery in 2021.
“After my knee surgery, I started walking and setting new distance goals each week. I could eventually walk three to five miles every day and a straight 10-mile walk on the weekends,” she said. “I felt stronger, fitter and more alive than I had in years.”
She continued: “I eat my last meal at four o'clock, drink a gallon of water a day, and use Weight Watchers point counting principles. I had a conscience [weight loss] medications, but I felt I needed to prove I had the willpower to do it. Now I don’t feel that way anymore.”
After a panel conversation in July with weight loss experts and doctors called “The State of Weight” and recorded for Oprah Diary On the “Life You Want” series, Winfrey began to change her mind about using pharmaceutical medications like Ozempic and Wegovy.
“I had the biggest surprise along with a lot of people in that audience,” she recalled of the discussion. “I realized that I had been blaming myself all these years for being overweight and I have a predisposition that no amount of willpower can control.”
She added: “Obesity is a disease. It’s not about willpower – it’s about the brain.”
The former talk show host emphasized that the prescription medication she uses is not solely responsible for her weight loss. Instead, Winfrey credited her overall weight loss to her regimen and added that medication is just one of the many tools in her arsenal.