Dr Oz: Rosie O’Donnell Diet & Body Image | Oprah Cancels Rosie


Dr Oz: Rosie O’Donnell Food Battles

Doctor Oz invited comedian and TV personality Rosie O’Donnell to open up about her struggles with weight and food. After discussing Rosie’s Health Consequences, the pair turned their focus to her dietary choices.

Rosie said that it’s socially acceptable to overeat in America. Everyone is against drug abuse, but no one will persecute you for eating too much pizza at a restaurant, she said. She also added that she hates mirrors, and will only look at her reflection from the neck up. As a result, she sometimes doesn’t realize if she has gained weight, because she rarely sees her full body in a mirror.


Dr Oz: Oprah Cancels Rosie

Before her OWN show was cancelled by Oprah, Rosie O'Donnell talked with Dr. Oz. (Image Credit: Featureflash / Shutterstock.com)

However, she can see herself in her movie roles from the 1990s, and she said she is just as miserable at her current weight of over 200 pounds as she was years ago when she weighed around 170.

Her denial of her weight issues even extends to her closet, where she avoids clothes with zippers and favors elastic waistbands whenever possible.


Doctor Oz: Rosie O’Donnell Weight & Body Image

Dr Oz asked Rosie how her life would change if she wasn’t carrying around all the extra weight. Rosie said she couldn’t even imagine what it would be like to be thin. She said one of her daughters found a picture of Rosie from years ago when she weighed less. The girl asked her mother why she doesn’t want to look thin again, and Rosie said she didn’t have an answer.

Rosie does recall that men were nice to her when she was slimmer. She wasn’t sure how to handle that type of attention, admitting to Dr. Oz that she had been sexually abused and finds that type of male attention threatening.

Doctor Oz wondered if Rosie was afraid that losing the weight would affect her comedy. Would Rosie be less funny if she were thin? Rosie said she’s not afraid of that, but Doctor Oz wasn’t sure he believed her. He said that it’s possible the idea of getting thin represents something that would be a challenge to keep up, and Rosie may be afraid of the work involved in maintaining a healthier body.

Dr Oz: Rosie O’Donnell OWN Show

Last fall, Rosie O’Donnell launched a high profile nightly talk show on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. Rosie told Doctor Oz in this interview that she felt her new show was a rebirth. Rosie had a hugely successful hit talk show in the 1990s, and she retired from that program right after turning 40.

She’s spent most of the last 10 years at home raising her children, and was happy being out of the spotlight, even though no one expected her to leave TV at the height of her success. She thought it was necessary for her family, and after losing her mother at a young age, Rosie hadn’t really planned to live beyond 39, the age when her mother passed away.

Rosie hadn’t really made plans beyond that age, and each year when she has her Mammography breast exam, she fears the worst. But things have checked out so far, and Rosie even recently lost 15 pounds, which is good progress. She was surprised that it wasn’t as difficult as she thought.

Doctor Oz: Oprah Cancels Rosie

Unfortunately for Rosie, since this Dr Oz interview was taped in early 2012, Oprah Winfrey and Rosie O’Donnell parted ways. Rosie O’Donnell’s talk show was cancelled in March 2012, after just six months on the air.

There were reports of behind the scenes clashes, and the show itself went through several reinventions in its short lifespan, eventually settling on a one-on-one interview format without a studio audience.

Who knows what Rosie will do next? She already has a variety of experience on her resume, including a Sirius XM radio program, a cruise line for gay and lesbian families, and acting experience on stage and in movies & TV.

Maybe she’ll return to Broadway or pop up on Glee. Though her return to talk shows was short-lived, I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of entertainer Rosie O’Donnell.


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