On Thursday nights I lead an eating disorder support group. Oprah & Weight Watchers was a topic of discussion last night and that led me to write this post.
Oprah is epic. No doubt. If I could be friends with a celeb I would choose her. And Chrissy Teigen.
In this new year, I have been bombarded with Oprah and her new marriage to Weight Watchers. It’s hard to see someone with so much influence promote something that I so strongly don’t believe in.
But then I remember the facts: Oprah and Weight Watchers is a business deal. Oprah purchased 10% of the company and has rights to buy 5% more, so of course she is going to be doing everything she can to grow that investment. Maybe if there was an equivalent “Intuitive Eating Corporation”, Oprah would be promoting that. But there isn’t big money in intuitive eating. It’s just you and your body!
So when you see Oprah promoting Weight Watchers, I hope you realize it is nothing more than a business deal. It isn’t about your health.
Weight Watchers is not intuitive eating. Weight Watchers is a diet. Any external thing that controls what you do or do not eat is a diet. Counting points is an external factor that determines what you eat. Intuitive Eating involves you listening to internal factors (hunger and fullness cues) to determine what, when and how much you eat.
I can’t imagine the scrutiny Oprah is constantly under and the judgement she has to deal with constantly. I just wish her influence could be put towards tuning into her body and learning to accept her natural body size. And instead of losing weight, she would start focusing on trying to grow taller…because they are both out of your control.
I choose to not spend my entire life fighting my body size. My job is to listen to my hunger and fullness cues. My job is to find movement my body enjoys.
I know how to breathe. I know how to pee. I know how to eat. Because all of those are instincts.
I don’t fear breathing too much oxygen, just like I don’t fear my body changing sizes. It’s not my job to micromanage my breathing, just like it’s not my job to micromanage my body size. If you are tired of micromanaging your body (and failing), Weight Watchers will not help you.
Love to you. Love to Oprah. I hope everyone finds the peace they’re looking for.