I donâ€™t think people should be made fun of for having a weight or eating problem. However, since Oprah has set herself up as an authority on the subject of weight loss, and has pushed her stable of "experts" on us, she needs to be called out.
The ever yo-yo dieting Oprah is on an upswing these days, as her weight is reported to be upwards of 195 pounds, which means sheâ€™s gained about 60 pounds over the past year or so. For anybody — especially a middle-aged person — this kind of rapid weight gain can be very dangerous and is certainly unhealthy.
I want to make it clear that while I do blame Oprah for her predicament, I am not looking to belittle her. But weâ€™ll get to Oprah in a minute. First I want to focus attention on some of the people who supposedly have helped Oprah lose weight over the years, and as a result are now making a very good living selling stuff to the masses.
Letâ€™s look at one of Oprahâ€™s diet gurus Bob Greene. Greene has written a series of successful — but vapid — diet and exercise books that use the catch phrase, â€śGet With The Program.â€ť Bob is out there telling people how to eat — and has continued to appear on Winfreyâ€™s show over the years — and all the while his prime client is blowing up. How can Oprah or Greene be trusted?
Plain and simple, the validity of a celebrity fitness/nutrition program canâ€™t be based on the stories of anecdotal success that come from the masses, but MUST be judged strictly with regards to the celebrityâ€™s success with the program. This may sound harsh, but that doesnâ€™t make it any less true. An endorsement from a celebrity like Oprah can make a personâ€™s career and can make them rich. But the product or service has to be bona fide, and the client-celebrity has to live up to their endorsement. Revlon uses Halle Berryâ€™s face in their advertisements â€“ and not mine â€“ for a very good reason.