Like many celebrities, Rosie O’Donnell has had to endure scrutiny over her weight while being in the public eye, and her new show, The Rosie Show, will tackle some of the issues she has encountered as not only an overweight celeb, but an overweight woman on the path to health.
Although her weight has gone up and down at times, she recently appeared at the Surprise Oprah show in June looking thinner than she previously had. During this appearance, several people complimented Rosie on her smaller size, but she admitted she wasn’t sure how much weight she’d lost, although she had been actively trying to lose weight.
As a less than slender celeb, Rosie has had to deal with the paparazzi and constant criticism of her weight through the years. At one point it was rumored that Rosie’s weight topped 300 pounds. Rosie didn’t comment on her reasons for trying to get in shape, but it’s great to see her efforts pay off.
Her new talk show, The Rosie Show, will be premiering on OWN network this October. Rosie’s show is filming in the HARPO studios in Chicago where the Oprah Winfrey show was filmed. Different from her previous talk show that focused on celebrity interviews, this time around, Rosie will be focusing on real people and real issues. Each show will be one hour long and focus on a single topic during that hour including raising children, America’s education system, autism, relationships, health, weight issues, and depression.
Tune in at 9:00 AM on Saturday, June 18 to the Oprah Winfrey Network for a Bob Greene special. Bob Greene is Oprah Winfrey’s weight loss and fitness guru, and he’s also the creator of Bestlife diet program and the author of The Life You Want: Get Motivated, Lose Weight and Be Happy.
This own special is called “What’s Making You Fat?” Bob will talk about how to get past the things that are preventing you from losing weight. He counts down his personal lost of ten diet and exercise myths. These are common misconceptions that we hear all the time. This hour-long special will help viewers work though some of their toughest diet and fitness challenges.
Tune in to the Oprah Winfrey Network on Wednesday, June 1st 2023 for the story of a man who weighted more than 1,000 pounds. Kenneth Brumley was the heaviest patient to have ever entered the Renaissance Hospital in Houston. He weighed 1,022 pounds and had to have walls knocked down in his house in order to get out.
This documentary special, which originally aired on The Learning Channel, follows doctors as they work to perform life-saving surgery on Brumley, including removing two 40-pound tumors from his legs and a gastric bypass.
Tune in Tuesday, May 10 to Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag on the Oprah Winfrey Network for a taste-test of recipes from Deceptively Delicious. This cookbook form Jessica Seinfeld helps parents hide more nutrients in many kid-friendly recipes, for example, by adding cauliflower puree to mac and cheese or putting kale into spaghetti and meatballs. Seinfeld argues that kids who know that vegetables go into their favorite foods will be less adverse to eating more of them later.
Anna and Kristina aren’t moms, but they do know some picky kids. They round up the little ones to taste-test these veggie-laced classics. Will the sneaky health foods be a success with five-year-olds or will pickiness prevail?
Starting last week, the Oprah Winfrey Network began airing X-Weighted, a Canadian reality weight-loss show. There have been five seasons of the show, the first three of which followed individuals and the last two seasons followed families.
Unlike The Biggest Loser, X-Weighted does not involve any kind of competition, nor does it follow multiple story lines at once. Instead, each episode follows one obese individual or family for four months. They begin to address the causes of their weight problems and start down the pathway to a healthier life. X-Weighted works to document both the successes and struggles of weight loss.
Tune in to Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag on the Oprah Winfrey Network on Tuesday, May 3 for recipes that are part of a flexitarian diet. A flexitarian diet is an approach to eating that cuts back on meat consumption, but doesn’t eliminate it completely. This diet particularly appeals to people who would like to be vegetarian for environmental reasons, but find going completely meatless too big a challenge.
Anna and Kristina test out recipes from The Flexitarian Table: Inspired, Flexible Meals for Vegetarians, Meat Lovers, and Everyone in Between, a cookbook by Peter Berley. The Flexitarian Table promises to offer solutions for families that have both staunch vegetarians and meat lovers. Will beans really make a good substitute for lamb? Watch to find out!
Tune-in to the Oprah Winfrey Network this Tuesday, April 26 for the Angela and Nicolle’s story on X-Weighted. The Canadian weight loss reality show follows individuals as they seek to change their lives by shedding pounds and gaining confidence. The struggle isn’t always easy and X-Weighted takes an honest and sometimes even brutal look at the trials of dieting. Each episode follows an individual or family’s story.
In Tuesday’s episode is about Angela and Nicolle, two radio announcers who love to make wisecracks and joke around on air. As much fun as they have at work, they’re leading sedentary lives that lead to some serious weight gain. Nicolle is 35 years old and starts with a weight of 295 pounds. Angela is 33 year old and starts with a weight of 223.5 pounds. In this episode from season one, they team up to shed some weight and turn their lives around.
Tune-in to the Oprah Winfrey Network this afternoon, Monday, April 25 for the reality weight loss series X-Weighted. The Canadian show follows individuals as they seek to change their lives by shedding pounds and gaining confidence. As anyone who’s tried to lose weight knows, the struggle isn’t always easy, and X-Weighted takes an honest and sometimes even brutal look at the struggles of dieting. Each episode follows an individual’s personal journey or a family’s story.
Monday’s episode will follow Kendra, a 27-year-old mother of three. At nearly 200 pounds, Kendra’s weight is a source of strain in her marriage. Her husband accuses her of being lazy and unmotivated, which feeds into secretive binge eating. To break free of this cycle, she will have to learn how to curb her emotional eating and improve her overall diet.
Tune in to the Oprah Winfrey Network on Tuesday, April 12 to see Dominique’s story. Dominique is a 600 pound woman, who has six daughters. Her children are worried for her health and life, because she is so heavy that she can no longer leave her own home.
The whole family hopes that Dominique will undergo weight-loss surgery, but her current weight is too high for even this treatment. She must first lose 112 pounds to qualify for the surgery. This reality segment will follow Dominique as she struggles to lose the weight and save her life.
Tune into OWN tonight to catch the premier episode of Addicted to Food, a new docu-series that follows the stories of eight patients with eating disorders. They will undergo treatment for 42 days at Shades of Hope Treatment Center near Abilene, Texas. The patients suffer from a variety of food-related problems, including bulimia, compulsive eating and binge eating.
Shades of Hope will dig deep to get at the underlying problems these people face, and the facility also specializes in treating patients with multiple addictions. Their therapist, Tennie McCarty, will work to help them understand the underlying causes of their eating disorders, whether drug-related, physical, emotional or sexual. She takes a tough-love approach that some may find unconventional. Confronting these issues may be difficult and painful, but it can also help them break free of devastating cycles of addiction.
UPDATE: “Half-Ton Mom” will air again on Saturday, April 9th.
Tune in this Thursday, February 17, to the Oprah Winfrey Network for two stories of extreme weight-loss.
Half-Ton Mom follows the trials of Renee Williams, the world’s heaviest woman at nearly 900 pounds. A mother of two, she must undergo weight-loss surgery at the age of 29 to save her life. Half-Ton Mom will air at 10:00 PM.
David Smith once weighed 650 pounds, but has lost over 400 without having gastric bypass surgery. Although doctors once told him he might not live to the age off 30, today he’s healthy and fit. David sets out on a series of dates, to find his first girlfriend. 650-Pound Virgin will air at 8:00 PM, 9:00 PM and 11:00 PM.
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