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Oprah (December 2008)

In January's "O Magazine," Oprah describes how she's "fallen off the wagon" and gone from a svelte 160 pounds to the "dreaded 2-0-0" in just two years. "I'm mad at myself" she writes, "I'm embarrassed … I can't believe that after all these years, all the things I know how to do, I'm still talking about my weight. I look at my thinner self and think, 'How did I let this happen again?'"

Over the years, Oprah's weight has gone up and down more times than a classic rollercoaster. Of course, being Oprah, she can afford to hire the best help available. She's tried everything (almost) to get her weight under control – hiring chefs, doctors, nutritionists, dietitians and personal trainers to help her in her struggle with f-o-o-d. What hasn't she tried? Handwriting analysis!

Let's look at Oprah's script and see if we can help her re-find her waistline.


First, the battle of the bulge can be seen in the way she makes her "f's". The lower case f stands for food, fat and full-figured. People who make fat f's are frequently obsessed with food. Do you see how Oprah makes the bottom of many of her f's with an inflated "belly"? Yet, there are other f's (sometimes in the same sentence) where the bottoms are quite lean. Just like Oprah's weight her f's fluctuate between fat and thin. This indicates that Oprah thinks, "I think I'm thin. No, I think I'm fat. No I think I'm thin. Oh no...I think I'm fat!".   

What can Oprah do about it? The answer can be seen in the way she makes her t's.
Oprah makes her t's several ways. One t is crossed with a stroke that ends upward and whips back to the left. This backward crossing, called a whip stroke, is found in the handwriting of people who tend to whip themselves and are self-critical. "I felt like a fat cow," she's said about herself. After taping a show in Las Vegas with Cher and Tina Turner, she felt so bad she "wanted to disappear."

Oprah also crosses many of her t's with t-bars that are bowed or caved in. These caved in t-bars show that when Oprah is stressed she can "cave in" to internal pressure and fall back into old habits.

So what can a remarkably beautiful, capable, and successful woman do to get herself back on the right track? I recommend that Oprah try something called “handwriting therapy.”

By changing the way we write, we can actually send signals to our brains that can help us change the way we think and feel about ourselves, our bodies, and, yes, even about food.

So Oprah, here's some food for thought: The key to maintaining a healthy, happy, and fit body may not only be in the gym, or in the kitchen... it may be at your fingertips!

Michelle Dresbold is a nationally known handwriting expert and personality profiler. Are you a doodler? Have a personal question or problem? Mail your doodles and handwritten letters to: The Handwriting Doctor, P.O. Box 1161, Monroeville, PA 15146.

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