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Oprah Reveals Her Emotional Lifetime Battle with Food: ‘My Public Struggle with Weight Always Embarrassed Me’

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Since Oprah Winfrey launched her talk show in 1986, she’s taken viewers along with her as she has fought a lifelong battle with her weight.

“This food struggle is something that she’s been battling since, I think, the public met Oprah,” says Winfrey’s best friend, CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King.

Winfrey concurs, “I have suffered publicly — fasting, eating no carbs, green juices, protein shakes, blah blah blah.”

Winfrey, who overcame an impoverished childhood to reach the pinnacle of success, says, “My public struggle with weight has always embarrassed me because it felt off principle.”

Oprah gets candid about her years of diet struggles & how she triumphed with Weight Watchers — without giving up bread, chips, or wine! Subscribe now for the superstar’s emotional interview — only in PEOPLE!

As the host of the Oprah Winfrey Show, she helped launch the careers of experts like Dr. Phil McGraw, Dr. Mehmet Oz and Iyanla Vanzant, who offered advice on physical, mental and emotional well-being.

“How can I give everybody else everything they need, and I still can’t give this to myself?” she asks.

Watch the full episode of People Cover Story: Oprah’s Weight Loss Journey now on the People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN) and at People.com/oprahweightloss. Go to People.com/PEN, or download the app for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Xumo, Chromecast, Xfinity, iOS and Android devices.

Now, thanks to Weight Watchers, she says she’s found the solution. She vigilantly sticks to 30 points and 10,000 steps a day. And Winfrey shares stories, successes and recipes in her new cookbook, Food, Health, and Happiness.

“I will probably be counting points for the rest of my life,” she says. “Life itself feels sharper. I have more energy to give to the things that really matter.”