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6a00d83451d48a69e20105364f0519970b-800wi As you may know, if you don’t live under a rock, Oprah has written an article for her January O magazine in which she tells the world that she’s gained 40 pounds, now weighs 200 pounds, and “can’t believe she let herself get like this.”

So many people in the weight loss blogging community and the mainstream media have decided that they are outraged, appalled, disappointed, and (any other negative word you want to use) at Oprah.

Why?

How does Oprah saying that she’s disappointed in herself affect your body image issues? Why does Oprah saying that feels like a fat cow at 200 pounds mean that she’s saying that YOU are a fat cow if you weigh 200 pounds or more?  Why is it a big deal for her to come out publicly and talk about her weight, again?

I for one am very interested in reading the article in the January issue, and until I do, I don’t plan to judge Oprah about her choices.  Heck, I won’t judge her after I read it either.  I’m actually interested in seeing how Oprah handles this situation on her show on January 5th.  You better believe that I have that episode all set to record on my DVR.

I am not at all offended by any of the comments that I’ve heard from the snippets of the article that have been “leaked.”  I am way over 200 pounds and don’t feel like a fat cow, most days.  I also don’t take offense to Oprah saying she does feel that way.  That’s her, commenting about her own body.  Not mine.  Not YOURS.  I know she didn’t say it to offend me.  Or YOU.  In fact, I think anyone who has been offended or put off by these comments is simply self-centered and self-involved to the point of ridiculousness.  Hey, guess what?  It’s not about you!!  It’s about Oprah and how she feels about herself!  She’s saying that she’s gained the weight, is disappointed in herself for doing so, and wants to do something about it.

I think her coming out and talking about this is great.  I think she’s going to inspire tons of people, myself included, who have lost a lot of weight only to gain it back.  I’m planning on using this as a jumpstart to my own weight loss efforts, which have sort of stalled recently.

Now before you think I’ve been drinking the Oprah Kool-Aid, let me assure you, I am not.  I  get frustrated with Oprah as much as the next person, maybe even more.  I think she is an amazing woman who has done tremendous good for the world.  But I do get frustrated by the amount of power she has.  I think that Oprah may have let that power go to her head a bit.

And you know what?  Maybe by talking openly about her struggle with maintaining her weight loss, Oprah can step off the pedestal we’ve all placed her on and get back to being a real, human person, flaws and all.

I’m rooting for Oprah.  I’m rooting for myself.  And I’m rooting for everyone who is struggling with their weight.  We’re all in this together.

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