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Oprah Winfrey Explains Why She Decided To Remove Herself From WeightWatchers Board

Oprah Winfrey has struggled with her weight much of her adult life, and in 2015, she joined WeightWatchers as a spokesperson to help herself, as well as others.

For years, she promoted the weight loss company, starring in a number of commercials, and even joining their board. But just before her 10-year anniversary with the company, she decided to leave the board. It was a decision that had a lot of people scratching their heads.

But during a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the 70-year-old billionaire explained she decided to remove herself from the board because of her upcoming special about prescription weight loss drugs.

I decided that because this special was really important to me and I wanted to be able to talk about whatever I wanted to talk about, and WeightWatchers is now in the business of being a weight health company that also administers drug medications for weight. I did not want to have the appearance of any conflict of interest. So I resigned from the board and donated all of my shares to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Back in December, Oprah revealed she used prescription medication to lose weight. She didn’t say which medication she used, but we all know Ozempic is running wild in Hollywood.

Winfrey further admitted that while she was initially determined to lose weight without medical assistance, her doctor explained to her that she would most likely always ‘yo-yo’ because ‘obesity is a disease.’

Hey… we’re all for people losing weight, and if they need medication to do that, more power to them. But let’s not act like it’s impossible to lose weight and change your body without medication. People have been doing it for years. Calories in and calories out. Obviously, it’s harder for some people and easier for others, but it can be done!