In a recent interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan for his new talk show, Oprah Winfrey reveals that her diet went on a tailspin binge primarily consisting of macaroni and cheese. Says the daytime talk show queen: “about 30 pounds’ worth.” She said this impulse developed after filming her 1998 release Beloved, starring alongside Danny Glover, which flopped to exponential lows after being overshadowed by the release of Bride of Chucky. Beloved’s release only grossed a disappointing $8.2M on opening weekend, and only $22M in total. This devastating news reduced Oprah to eating about 30lbs. of mac-and-cheese, an act which she consciously recognized as a sign of being depressed.
One of the things, though, that I admire about her is that she had the power to recognize she had an issue with depression. After eating food that’s about the weight of a 5 year old, Oprah Winfrey realized that something wasn’t right. Although I don’t think it should have taken 30lbs. later to finally realize an issue, I’m nevertheless glad that she’s healed enough to discuss it with the world. Too many celebrities like to sit back and keep their issues to themselves for fear of being judged (ahem, Omarion) but kudos to Oprah for opening up to people and letting us know that she’s still human!
As a general observance, we know the side effects and symptoms of depression, and one of them can potentially be emotional eating, which was Oprah’s weakness. Looking at her interview, it strengthens the notion that you can have everything at your disposal and still feel like nothing! I believe that Oprah has opened a BIG door for celebrities to talk more about their mental issues and problems within!
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