Oprah's Weight Through the Years

Through the years, Oprah Winfrey has spoken about her weight loss struggles time and time again. Her battle with the scale isn’t a secret to her viewers, and here we take a look at her career and fluctuating weight.    

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    Oprah 2011

    May 17: Oprah Winfrey and Maria Shriver hold hands during the taping of "Oprah's Surprise Spectacular" in Chicago. Oprah weighed around 200 pounds when she was in New York to film her show in March, the New York Post reported. Winfrey's weight has fluctuated continuously since her show first started in 1984. Winfrey's around-the-clock schedule has made it difficult to follow a strict diet and exercise regimen. Beyond that, Winfrey has a thyroid condition, which causes fatigue and can make it harder to control weight. 
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    Oprah 1986

    Aug. 19, 1986: Oprah poses in Los Angeles, Calif. After 2 years as the host of AM Chicago, the show name was officially changed to The Oprah Winfrey Show and started national syndication.
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    Oprah 1988

    Nov. 15, 1988: Oprah shows off her new figure in Chicago after she lost 67 pounds following a liquid diet and exercise.
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    Oprah 1992

    June 23, 1992: By 1992, Oprah had gained much of that 67 pounds back. She weighed 237 pounds - her heaviest weight yet at the age of 38.  In this photo, she hams it up for the cameras after winning an Emmy for the outstanding talk/service show host during the 19th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in New York.
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    Oprah 1993

    May 26, 1993: Oprah smiles with her award at the Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in New York. Winfrey beat Phil Donahue, Joan Rivers, Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford, and Vicki Lawrence for best talk show host.
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    Oprah 1994

    May 25, 1994: Thin again. This file photo shows Oprah clutching her Emmy for outstanding talk show host at the 21st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards gala in New York.
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    Oprah 1996

    March 25, 1996: Oprah arrives for the 68th Academy Awards at the Music Center in Los Angeles.
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    Oprah 1997

    May 10, 1997: In tip-top shape, Oprah runs with other participants of the Revlon Run/Walk for Women for Breast and Ovarian Cancer in Los Angeles.
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    Oprah 2000

    April 14, 2000: Co-hosts Oprah and Bill Cosby address the audience during the Essence Awards 2000 at New York's Radio City Music Hall.
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    Oprah 2002

    Dec. 8, 2002: Oprah stands in front of crowd of children in Durban, South Africa.
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    Oprah 2003

    Nov. 18, 2003: Oprah reacts to being awarded the Marian Anderson Award.
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    Oprah 2005

    Dec. 1, 2005: Oprah speaks to the audience as she takes a curtain call with the cast of her new Broadway musical "The Color Purple,” in New York.  Earlier this year, she appeared on the cover of her magazine "O," toned and fit, weighing a trimmer 160 pounds.
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    Oprah 2006

    Oct. 12, 2006: U2 lead singer Bono and Oprah promote Bono's RED line of clothing, accessories and gadgets that will raise money to fight AIDS in Africa, Chicago, Ill.
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    Oprah 2007

    Nov. 5, 2007: Oprah discusses charges of abuse and sexual assault being brought against one of the teachers at Leadership Academy she founded in South Africa.
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    Oprah 2008

    Oprah hugs Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin as gold medalist Michael Phelps, behind Liukin, applauds during the taping of the 2008 season premiere of The Oprah Winfrey Show. By January 2009, Oprah would reveal in "O" Magazine that she was back up to 200 pounds. 
    Photo M. Spencer Green/AP
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