Oprah: Healthy Enough to Run for President?

What we’re learning from her interviews with Dr. Oz and the NY Times

(HEADLINE HEALTH) Less than a year since the inauguration of Donald Trump as 45th President of the United States, talk of the 2020 campaign is already underway.

The name that has suddenly risen to the top of list of potential competitors for Trump’s second term is none other than a billionaire television star with no political background (sound familiar?) – Oprah Winfrey.

Obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, thyroid disease are all among the diseases Oprah has publicly stated she has or considers herself at high risk for. IMAGE: Dr Oz.com 

The news media has been fawning over an Oprah candidacy since her acceptance speech on Sunday for the Cecil B. DeMille Award:

  • “Oprah Winfrey ‘actively thinking’ about running for president” – CNN

  • “Oprah could run. Oprah could win.” – Washington Post

  • “Even Meryl Streep Thinks Oprah Has to Run for President” – Vanity Fair

Any candidate to become the most powerful man (or woman) in the world must answer two questions:

  • How’s your personal health?
  • What will you do to fix healthcare?

Obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, possible diabetes – is Oprah fit to be POTUS? 

Oprah’s personal health has been on public display throughout her very public life. Her most apparent personal health challenge is her weight and her yo-yo dieting.

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And she admits, she’s concerned about her heart. She’s also owned up to having concerns about her blood pressure and a family history of diabetes.

Combine all those known risk factors with her age – if Oprah were elected president in 2020, she’d turn 70 in office (Donald Trump is currently 71).

We can gain some insights into Oprah’s health from a 2014 interview with Dr. Oz.:

On her lifelong battle with obesity: “I’m still making peace with it. Like when I see a size 6 dress in the window. I was never a size 6, not even in sixth grade.”

On yo-yo dieting: “I had been on the Optifast diet and lost 67 lbs in three months.”

On her thyroid health: “I had a thyroid issue and they had given me a certain medication.”

The news media is currently obsessed with Donald Trump’s taste for Diet Coke, his preference for fast food over sushi, and his having gone an entire year in office without having a physical (he was one scheduled for this week at Walter Reed).

If speculation around an Oprah candidacy continues, expert her lifelong health challenges are sure to come under increasing scrutiny.

In addition, we’ll need to hear from her about how to fix absurdly high medical costs, how to root out crony capitalism in the pharmaceutical industry, and how hardworking Americans will ever be able to afford health insurance when their premiums have to make up for tens of millions of government dependents who either pay nothing or receive massive healthcare subsidies.  

Below is further coverage on Oprah’s health based on a recent interview with the NY Times Magazine.

‘I can’t accept myself if I’m over 200 pounds’: Oprah reveals heart health and diabetes concerns keep her focused on weight loss

(Dailymail.com) Oprah Winfrey, whose yo-yo weight is as famous as her business acumen and media prowess, explained to the NY Times Magazine what motivates her to keep control of her weight.

‘For your heart to pump, pump, pump, pump, it needs the least amount of weight possible to do that,’ the 63-year-old said. ‘I can’t accept myself if I’m over 200 pounds, because it’s too much work on my heart.’

Oprah admits she’s never been a size 6 – “not even in sixth grade.” IMAGE: Disney | ABC Television, CC

Being overweight ’causes high blood pressure for me. It puts me at risk for diabetes, because I have diabetes in my family,’ she said.

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Oprah spoke to the NY Times Magazine as part of an article about obesity and Weight Watchers, a company Oprah purchased a ten percent stake in back in 2015.

She says she follows the company’s weight-loss plan, that assigns points to different foods. And in January she revealed she has shed 42 pounds since joining the program.

‘It’s a mechanism to keep myself on track that brings a level of consciousness and awareness to my eating,’ she revealed. Read more at Daily Mail.