How Tall Is Oprah?
The Celeb Heights site reveals that Oprah‘s height is 5 ft 6 in. According to the BMI calculator quoted by the Associated Press, Oprah Winfrey – when combining how tall Oprah Winfrey is and her admission of weighing in at 200 pounds – has a body mass index of 31.8.
Oprah is Obese
Makeup, millions of dollars in earnings, gazillions of fans, and a media empire that is second to none, could not protect Oprah Winfrey from yoyo dieting. It is well documented that there are few diets Oprah has not tried.
20 years ago she virtually starved herself with a liquid diet to lose 67 pounds and fit into a pair of size 10 Calvin Klein jeans. Oprah vowed to never diet again. She hired a personal trainer. Oprah invited diet gurus to come on her shows to explain proper diet practices.
Oprah Winfrey Says She “Felt Like a Fat Cow”
Oprah is echoing the sentiments of millions of fans as well as those do not watch her show. Being overweight is no laughing matter, and in spite of the widespread availability of low fat, low sodium, low calorie, low anything diets – as well as all the facts and figures that show that what is really required is little more than taking in less calories than are used up during any given day – the numbers of obese Americans are on the rise.
When Diet Fads and Eating Disorders Kill
It matters that Oprah is overweight and alive to speak out about her struggle. So many celebs struggle with weight, but might not be very forthcoming in the visible limelight as Oprah. The Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center reveals that weight obsessed models and celebs have starved themselves to death in an attempt to meet or exceed an externally imposed – real or imagined – weight ideal.
Getting Fit Versus Getting Skinny
As Oprah‘s height and weight are making the rounds in tabloid news, other celebrities also weigh in about getting fit and healthy versus just getting skinny at all costs. American Idol judge Paula Abdul battled with an eating disorder, as did the Barbie Twins.
Victoria Beckham, also known as Posh Spice, Calista Flockhart, Audrey Hepburn, Elton John, Mary Kate Olsen, Sharon Osbourne, and gossip artist Joan Rivers all fit the bill of high profile individuals desperate to become healthy versus skinny. Anorexia, bulimia, and a host of other eating disorders present daily battles.
Overcoming the Fad Trap
In spite of protestations to the opposite, there is not one diet that will cause you to lose weight. In the most basic terms, the only way to lose weight is to eat fewer calories than you burn each day. Pills, patches, liquid only fads, and all the rest may work temporarily, but not in the long run.
Overcoming the fad trap relies heavily on the individual a) wanting to lose the weight and b) enlisting the help of a physician trained in the treatment of eating disorders and weight issues. This is not the time to visit a snake oil salesman in a lab coat. Instead, it requires a changing of eating habits, daily habits, mindsets, and overall approaches to food that you cannot get from a magazine or at the hands of a fad diet.
If you see a book on the shelf that offers to reveal “diet secrets,” run! It the tome talks about diet breakthroughs “they” don’t want you to know about, run faster!
Sources: http://www.celebheights.com/s/Oprah-Winfrey-1240.html; http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jTmiWb6RyGjUXVASWXd2p56YPVlwD94VAK0G0; http://www.edreferral.com/Celebrities_who_died_or_have_Eating_Disorders.htm