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Expert Q&A and Lessons Learned

At recent events to promote a new film she is coproducing, The Color Purple, Oprah Winfrey hit the red carpet in skintight purple dresses that showcased her dramatically slimmed-down figure.

Oprah, 69, shared her weight loss tactics in an interview with People on December 14. Her big reveal: She is taking prescription weight loss medication for the first time.

“The fact that there’s a medically approved prescription for managing weight and staying healthier, in my lifetime, feels like relief, like redemption, like a gift, and not something to hide behind and once again be ridiculed for,” Winfrey said in the interview. “I’m absolutely done with the shaming from other people and particularly myself.”

In the past, Oprah said she felt she should have the willpower to lose weight without the aid of medication. “I no longer feel that way. I now use [weight loss medication] as I feel I need it, as a tool to manage not yo-yoing,” Oprah said, without naming the drug she takes.

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