Did you happen to see Jennifer Hudson on Oprah yesterday? I started watching my recorded episode and right off the bat I screamed out "Eff you Oprah!" Really, I did. Ms. Hudson hadn't been on the stage more than a couple of moments when Oprah reduced her to nothing more than a number on the scale. Ms. Hudson was very reluctant to reveal the "magic" number. Apparently Queen Oprah doesn't like to be told no because she was actually demanding a number. Badgering and demanding. Needless to say, I was thrilled with Ms. Hudson did not give in. (At least not at this point in the show, though she did reveal that she went from a size 10 to a size 6.)
What sort of message does this send to the millions of Oprah viewers? That if you're carrying any excess fat, unless you lose x number of pounds nothing else matters. What matters is Jennifer Hudson is many things; a great singer, a good actress, an Oscar winner, a survivor of a horrific family tragedy, a mother, a fiance, a strong woman who worked to get control of her food issues and improve her health.
It's no wonder Oprah has poor body image and food issues. She should know better, she's always babbling about "living your best life, finding your best self." But it seems that best is only measured by the Almighty Scale.