Oprah Winfrey is a rare breed of workaholic. She has built a massive brand over several decades to make her the most powerful woman in the world—something that requires long days, nights, and weekends over and over again to achieve. But that level of commitment often manifests itself in less focus over one’s own health and body. Oprah has struggled with weight issues for a very long time, but now she appears to be making a change.
Her longtime work with Weight Watchers has evidently paid off. The talk show woman has announced she has lost 42 pounds since joining the company in the summer of 2015. Once at 200 lbs, she knew it was time for a change. Oprah stated in the January/February issue of Weight Watchers, “And then [I was] at 190 lbs, I was Ok. If I don’t lose another pound right now, I’m still ok. The fullness of life, the fullness of being, the self-acceptance—I’d never done that before. I’d always beaten myself up because I was tied to a number.”
Her secret is apparently becoming less ‘number obsessed.’ Lose the initial weight but then focus on sustainability. Instead of becoming transfixed on a numerical goal weight, Oprah just worried about her diet and exercise, focusing on the effort she put into each. At 62 years old, Winfrey is largely retired, giving her more time to work on her own self-improvement.
The Wall Street Journal patented the term “Oprahfication,” describing anytime a celebrity made a startling public confession. Does Oprah’s weight loss admission qualify as her own public confession? Probably not, but it’s made others more confident in being open about their weight struggles. This list includes Rosie O’Donnell, Roseanne Barr, and Star Jones.
There’s another term called “The Oprah Effect.” This describes the power of her opinions and endorsements on the public’s opinion. She has always been one to move the marketing needle in a certain direction, especially when her personal results are so obvious.
Winfrey has also positively affected those around her, including close friend Gayle King. She was host of The Gayle King Show and is currently an editor of O magazine. King is currently a frequent co-host on CBS Morning Show. For many years, King was like Oprah’s female Stedman Graham, Jr. (her longtime boyfriend).
Since 2014, Winfrey has remained ahead of Meg Whitman as America’s richest self-made woman, with an excess of $2.9 billion in the bank.
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) December 27, 2016