We know that there are people out there who have been having issues with obesity over the years and whatever they do, they are unable to control their weight or lose it as much as they want. While society says that they are not trying to lose weight or being “complacent”, that is not always the case for everyone. Those who have medical conditions are not able to control their weight even while dieting and exercising every day. Similar is the case with a famous personality named Oprah Winfrey who revealed in a Forbes report that she is now taking weight loss drugs to lose weight after trying diet and exercise for many years.
In a Forbes’ report, it was mentioned by “Winfrey, 69, said that after knee surgery in 2021, she “worked so damn hard” to control her weight with exercise and counting points on WeightWatchers. Winfrey has a stake in the wellness company, WW, and is also a board member. She added a weight-loss medication to her holistic health and fitness regimen after a panel discussion with healthcare experts in July, she told People. Winfrey said she realized then that “she has a predisposition” to putting on weight “that no amount of willpower is going to control.” “Obesity is a disease”. “It’s not about willpower — it’s about the brain.”
Oprah didn’t name the weight-loss medication she takes, but drugs such as Ozempic, Wegovy, and Mounjaro have become household names in part because of savvy marketing and promotion on social media and in pop culture over the past couple of years. As per research, “these self-administered weekly injection medications lead to an average body-weight reduction ranging from 15 to 22 percent. Winfrey has not said how much weight she has lost since starting on weight-loss medication, but she told People that she now weighs 167 pounds”. In an earlier article, Oprah wrote that “she weighed 237 pounds in 1992 and 160 pounds in 2005, and that her weight has fluctuated over the years. In the article, she wrote that she was diagnosed, in 2007, with hypothyroidism — a condition where the body produces too little thyroid hormone, and which has varied symptoms, including sluggishness and weight gain”.