Oprah Winfrey’s emotional first commercial for Weight Watchers brought Twitter to tears. Oprah, whose weight loss struggles have made countless headlines, urged fans to act now to become a healthier, fitter person.
“Inside every overweight woman is a woman she knows she can be,” Winfrey said in the commercial (see video). “Many times you look in the mirror and you don’t even recognize your own self because you got lost, buried, in the weight that you carry.”
Oprah, who once weighed 237 pounds, has lost and regained massive amounts of weight during the past 30 years. Now 61, Winfrey encouraged viewers to not give up on themselves.
Oprah’s moving personal revelations brought Twitter fans to tears. “An ad for Weight Watchers featuring Oprah’s struggles throughout the years just made me cry,” wrote one woman.
Another wrote: “Oprah just turned a Weight Watchers commercial into an emotional experience.”
Oprah said her numerous failed weight loss attempts were not in vain, and urged viewers to adopt the same resilient attitude.
Nothing you’ve ever been through is wasted, so every time I tried and failed has brought me to this most powerful moment to say, ‘If not now, when?’
I feel that way, and I know millions of other people feel that way. Are you ready? Let’s do this together.”
In October 2015, Winfrey purchased a 10% stake in Weight Watchers for $43 million. The “Oprah effect” sent Weight Watchers stock soaring, and she pocketed $71.6 million in one day on the massive stock swing following news she had joined the group’s board of directors.
Oprah has lost over 15 pounds on the Weight Watchers diet since August 2015, Celebrity Health & Fitness reported. Oprah said emotional overeating caused her to become obese. In 1988, Oprah famously lost 67 pounds on a liquid diet, but immediately regained the weight once she resumed a normal diet.
Oprah, who has overcome childhood sexual abuse, a teenage pregnancy, and decades of weight fluctuations, said she has a new appreciation for her body because she’s healthy. Looking back, Winfrey regrets she spent so much time trying to be a certain size that she took her good health for granted.
“All the years I dieted, complained, and was less than satisfied with my shape have yielded to a new perspective, an appreciation for the body that’s brought me this far,” said Winfrey. “I’ve spent too many years resisting, neglecting and negating my body.”