I mentioned that I was using this blog as a companion to the Escape Diet Prison Podcast, and I want to do a short postscript on the "Oprah" episode.
People, I've been yelling at her again. This time Oprah and her pretend best friend that she is "interviewing" ostensibly, are chatting about how the friend feeling since she has restricted her food and artificially changed her body to suit the needs of other and by extension, lined the pockets of Oprah and the other shareholders of Weight Watchers. You can not accuse me of being unbiased here- HA! Anyway, these two are so delighted that they can eat all sorts of foods!!
This lovely, blonde, fair skinned lady is being all yippee skippy about her weight loss and how she can now eat CHIPS!! CHIPS!! Isn't that special, she "gets to" eat chips because Oprah and WW says it is ok- in moderation and balance!?! And Oprah LOVES them too!
As was discussed in the Podcast the idea that one of the most powerful, successful and wealthy woman in the WORLD feels the need to diet is absolutely crazy. She has everything. As she sings in her commercial (slightly altered) (she's) having it all.... Of course we cannot know what goes on in her mind, we are not her, and we do not know what her demons are, but using that power and influence that she has on the general public- to sell a diet product for a company she owns a controlling portion of- is so so wrong. It is close to amoral in my humble little ol' opinion. People are crazy about her, and will follow her anywhere. I do not get that, but that is ok. I used to admire her a lot for her story, but that shine has dulled.
BUT in this commercial, perhaps with the implication that she is "just like us", she gets all giddy over eating chips- I LOVE THEM TOO!!! she says. For the love of God, stop it. WHY are you making yourself look foolish and trite with the squee-fest over potato chips. And then to say you will live a fuller life because you have lost weight??? ARE you fucking kidding me? sigh. Live your full life now, without waiting. LIVE IT!!!! People don't care how much you weigh, and if they do then that is their problem- not yours.
Oprah, honey, I have a hot tip for you, if you let yourself eat potato chips when you want them i.e.: quit fighting with the chips- the chips don't hold any more power over you. And since it is a deep fried piece of potato, that seems like it should be completely doable. Think about it- its a potato. They really aren't all that powerful. They are food.
Anyway, that is my mini-rant about Oprah, I am using my mute button on her as I have been for the "news" these days because I can't stand that either. I'm done with Oprah- for now. Lol.
The take away here is I hope so hard that you will look at these WW commercials for what they are- a company that is banking on the hope that you trust Oprah, and the company's reputation and name recognition, to guide you to a world where you get to restrict your food and feel bad about yourself over and over when the diet fails you, because you know it will.
Diets don't work- Live your life now- you are definitely MORE than enough to live a full life at this moment/day/week/year/lifetime.
Love and smooches!