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Friday, June 1, 2012

Watching Dr Oz 6/1/12: Celebrity Confessions from Jennifer Hudson, Montel Williams, Paula Dean, Tyra Banks, The Real Housewives of Orange County

The Dr. Oz Show
Airdate: June 1, 2012
Shocking Celebrity Confessions From Jennifer Hudson to Paula Dean and More!

  • Jennifer Hudson discusses her amazing weight loss and the wisdom she's gained in the process
  • Montel Williams discusses what led him to try to end his life, how he pulled through that challenge, and he wants the choice to end his life
  • Paula Dean shares her life-long health secret
  • Tyra Banks talks about being bullied as a kid
  • The Real Housewives of Orange County talk about a very real bout with cancer

Dr. Oz has compiled this season's most shocking celebrity confessions. They've battled body image issues, weight loss, depression, pain so great to want to end their lives. Behind the fame and fortune, celebrities have the same hopes and fears.


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Dr. Oz Shocking Celebrity Confessions From Jennifer Hudson to Paula Dean and More!

Dr. Oz Celebrity Confession: Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson spent a lifetime battling her weight in the public eye. She decided it was time to make a change and she went from a size 16 to a size 6. She is the embodiment of strength, determination, and the power to overcome. Read about her struggles and how she overcame them in this interview with Dr. Oz that aired on 1/10/12.

Jennifer Hudson first captured the public spot light on American Idol as a finalist in 2004. Her role in Dreamgirls in 2006 brought her critical attention and a long list of awards including an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. In 2008, her debut album, Jennifer Hudson, went gold. Ms. Hudson has battled weight publicly and succeeded.

Today, Ms. Hudson is the mother of a two-year-old son and is a spokesperson for Weight Watchers. [They didn't state how much she has lost on the program, however in an 2011 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Ms. Hudson stated she lost 80 pounds – at least, that's what Wikipedia says.]

What motivated Ms. Huson to change her life?
After giving birth to her son, she joined Weight Watchers and went from size 16 to a size 6. Her success and willingness to talk about her experience has inspired her friends and family to also join Weight Watchers and have lost a combined total of 1700 pounds.

Her weight loss success and ability to inspire friends and family translated to Weight Watchers being inspired to open the Weight Watchers Jennifer Hudson Center in Chicago, IL, Ms. Hudson's hometown, in September of 2011.

What made you decide that you could lose the weight?
Ms. Hudson says that she first acknowledged that she had a weight problem that she wanted to fix. Wanting to make a change in herself got her started.

Dr. Oz says the transformation of losing weight and is not only in your body, but it's also in the mind and soul. Ms. Hudson agreed saying it's about wanting to do it and going for it.

She never thought she would be able to do all that she has done, so far, in her life. She now adds author to her list of accomplishments. I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Was Weighing Me Down, released on January 10, 2012, details her weight loss transformation.

Dr. Oz asked why she is telling that story now?
Ms. Hudson says that looking back on where she was when she started and where she is now gave her the understanding that her experience has inspired others. She wanted to reach a larger audience with the book to give people hope to make positive change themselves.

What is one emotion you feel that has changed since losing weight?
Ms. Hudson says she feels more empowered and has been blessed with achievements but this is an important personal goal that she's accomplished. She believes she can do what ever she sets her mind to, like her mom always told her. Her would say, Jenny you can do anything if you put your mind to it, and I did, she says.

Are you worried that you may be more famous for losing weight than for singing?
It doesn't matter to her, she says and now that she has written a book it's even more unexpected. Ms. Hudson says that God is using her in more ways she ever thought.

Many at home don't believe they can lose the too, what do you say to them?
Ms. Hudson says she was once that person and those who say they can't put in the effort starting now or they can't eat better starting now are giving excuses. People may be mad by that but, she says, she was that person. She had to acknowledge the real issue was being afraid or not wanting to do it and that's OK, she says, don't beat yourself up. Ask what do you want for yourself and then it's about your choices.

Ms. Hudson loves to eat her No-Noodle Veggie Lasagna for dinner. She says nothing better to her than a good healthy meal. Her veggie lasagna recipe is only available to those who join Dr. Oz's Transformation Nation.

Dr. Oz Celebrity Confession: Montel Williams

Motel Williams' shocking confession of his own suicide attempt is one confession that almost brought tears to Dr. Oz's eyes.

Montel Williams is an award-winning talk show host, actor, and author of many books. For 17 years he was doing three talk shows a day, every week. In 1989, Mr. Williams was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and it tore him apart, emotionally and physically. Quickly the disease progressed to unbearable pain that would not respond to medication and doctors didn't know what to do for him. At that point he thought about killing himself.

As a former military man and gun enthusiast he has guns in his house and thought if he laid out all his guns to look like was cleaning them he could make his suicide look like an accident and no one would know. But he couldn't do it.

Then he tried jumping in front of a taxi cab and it changed his life. He realized that he couldn't put the people in his life through the experience of taking his life in that way instead he wanted the dignity to make the choice to be able to take his own life if, and when, he felt necessary.
Mr. Williams said he doesn't think it's right for someone to force him to stay alive when his life may be so filled with pain he cannot function. He wants to be able to chose whether to live or to die on his own terms and in his own time.

Dr. Oz asked Montel, what is a doctor to do when what the patient asks violates the Hippocratic Oath? Montel wants doctors to stop rationalizing what harm is. He asks, is it rational to let someone go through excruciating, horrific pain? Montel would beg doctors to stop being psychic, to listen to the patient, and he feels that doctors should get out of the right-to-life argument completely because he believes there should not doctor assisted suicide, he believes people should be able to end their life on their own.

Dr. Oz Celebrity Confession: Paula Dean

Dr. Oz says that Paula Deen's health confession is the most shocking of this season. Before her recent public confession about diabetes, Ms. Deen talked to Dr. Oz about her life-long health secret.

She's a TV star, author of multiple cookbooks, runs a magazine all at age 64.

Dr. Oz questioned Paula, the Queen of Southern Cooking, about the negative press she has received about her hearty cooking. She said she doesn't worry too much about the health of the food because so much of our health is genetics. She feels everyone should have a conversation with their doctor, know their numbers and make their food decisions based on that. She doesn't feel responsible for how people eat.

Contrary to popular belief, she doesn't eat fried chicken and biscuits everyday. Paula says she and her husband eat a lot of salads and in the summer live off vegetables, maybe with a little ham hock thrown in. There's always room for improvement. She shares that she does take some medications and if she exercised like she knows she should she could probably come off a few of those medications.

She has suffered agoraphobia, fear of going outside. She was a functioning agoraphobic, some days were good and she got out and other days she says death was simpler. She and her first husband lost a business and lost everything in the process. Ms. Deen remembers wrapping herself in a blanket so she couldn't see where so was.

It took 20 years to get over her agoraphobia. The fear of death inspired her to get well. Her father was her hero and her mother was her best friend. After her father passed, she knew she had to get better.

What is Paula Deen's favorite meal? Fried chicken and mashed potatoes. Turnip greens, peach cobbler, coconut pie.

Her favorite junk food? French fries

Biggest splurge since success? She says her life hasn't changed.

What's the kitchen gadget she can't live without? Her deep frier. The admission caused Dr. Oz to toss his note cards to ceiling.

What is her worst habit? She prefaces by saying she's embarrassed and ashamed to say it but potatoes and cigarettes are her favorite things.

Dr. Oz: Do you smoke?
Paula: I just kind of hold them.

Dr. Oz: How long have you been holding them?
Paula: Fifty years.

Dr. Oz: How many do you hold a day.
Paula: As many as I can, probably a pack and a half.

In her life, Paula has overcome the loss of parents, agoraphobia (fear of crowds), relationship issues, being a single mother, starting her own business. Dr. Oz believes that she can overcome smoking too.

“I only have, in all my 64 years, one day that I would change and that is the day my friend said pull over and let's get us some cigarettes.” Paula shared. She was driving and she pulled over.

Dr. Oz has committed to help Paula quit smoking and Paula has committed to help Dr. Oz learn to cook.

Dr. Oz Celebrity Confession: Tyra Banks

For every woman watching made to feel not good enough by a bully. One of the world's most glamorous models confesses that she has been bullied even at the height of her modeling career.

As a pre-teen, 11-years-old, Tyra grew three inches and lost 30 pounds in three months. She was, before that point bully then overnight she herself was the victim of bullying. It wasn't just kids who said mean things to her it was adults as well. Tyra hid her face behind books so they wouldn't see her. Years later she was modeling big name designers on international runways.

An agency gave her mother, Tyra's agent, a list of designers that wouldn't hire Tyra because of the size of her hips, butt, and bust. Her mother was a very strong woman in her life. At her lowest point, her mother was saying she was good enough. Ms. Banks was working out and eating salad and wasnt' seeing results but her mother stood beside her. She wants to be that voice for other women, a positive voice.

Ms. Banks tells women to look at themselves in the mirror without any clothes and find one thing you like about yourself. What is that one thing you can find. Then come back next month and find something else that you like about yourself. That's what her mother told her. Ms. Banks said she like her nick because it's long and come back in 30 days and I'll find something else.

Been bullied by adults and when she was an adult. That bullying adult is looking for some way to feel better about themselves. Bullies are people who find the vulnerability in others and use that to help themselves feel better about their insecurities. Ms. Banks said there have been people in her adult life who tried to exert that control over her and she had to tell them she couldn't be their friend anymore.

Dr. Oz Celebrity Confession: The Real Housewives of Orange County

One of the most controversial shows of the season, says Dr. Oz, was when The Real Housewives of Orange County talked about plastic surgery and cancer. 

With three boob jobs, Tamara [I'm pretty sure] received a great deal of focus. In her 20's she had her first boob job to perk up and get bigger. Later, she felt the implants were too big for her body so she went under the knife again to reduce the size of her implants. Her third boob job was to remove the implants all together.

Tamara shares that removing the implants was inspired by a health scare. Lumps were found in her breast tissue and she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. What did I do to my body? She thought. Tamara says she wanted to take control of body and decided to have the implants removed.

She was getting a divorce was becoming a single mom and want to feel more in control of her body. Why didn't she discuss her cancer experience on the show? Dr. Oz wanted to know. It was too new, too emotional, Tamara said. She didn't tell her mother or her kids. If she didn't talk about it she felt it wouldn't come back.

Part of the reason he does The Dr. Oz Show is to break through the silence many people feel they have live through when it comes to health concerns. He can't believe that the women talk about boob jobs, infidelity, and divorce but why didn't they talk about cancer? There are some things that we need to keep silent.

The cancer scare was a real scare in her life. She had a hysterectomy to remove the cancer and today she's cancer-free. Even getting Botox today she's thinking more about these decisions she's making. Plastic surgery comes with risks and for many women it can come with regrets.

Dr. Oz Bonus Tips? Best Diet Secrets From Celebrities

Dr. Oz Best Celebrity Diet Secret #1: Montel Williams and Kola Nut Extract
On the 5/3/12 episode of The Dr. Oz Show, Montel Williams recommended taking kola nut extract to provide energy and combat boredom which can lead to mindless eating.

[On that episode, no serving size was recommended but on the episode that aired the next day, 5/4/12: Flat Belly in 30 Days, Dr. Oz recommended mixing Kola Nut Extract, 2 drops, to a glass of water with freshly squeezed lemon. The amount of caffeine in the Kola Nut Extract is equal to a cup of coffee and the lemon provides Vitamin C.]

Dr. Oz Best Celebrity Diet Secret #2: Jennifer Hudson and No-Noodle Veggie Lasagna
Ms. Hudson says this No-Noodle Veggie Lasagna was a key to her weight loss success. Click here to get the recipe from

Dr. Oz Best Celebrity Diet Secret #3: Paula Deen Healthy Recipes
On the 10/11/11 episode of The Dr. Oz Show, Paula Deen shared her healthier version of fried chicken. Click here to see Paula Deen's Oven Fried Chicken.

Ms. Deen also shared a healthier version of an American favorite comfort food, Mac & Cheese. She substituted oil with butter and used low-fat cheese with fat-free evaporated milk. Click here to see Paula Deen's Healthier Mac and Cheese from

Dr. Oz Bonus Tips! Anti-Aging Products from The Real Housewives

Dr. Oz Best Celebrity Anti-Aging Product #1: Sally Hansen Salon Airbrush Legs Tan Glow
Sally Hansen Salon Airbrush Legs Tan Glow is make-up for the body, says The Real Housewives of Orange County. Spray on in the morning, rub in, and enjoy the light glow all day. It's water-proof and will stay on all day. Wash off at the end of the day.

Dr. Oz Best Celebrity Anti-Aging Product #2: Kerastase Oleo-Relax Serum
Kerastase Oleo-Relax Serum provides moisturizing support to hair. As we age, our hair needs extra support too, says Dr. Oz.

Dr. Oz Best Celebrity Anti-Aging Product #3: Repechage Biolight Brightening Miracle Mask
Repechage Biolight Brightening Miracle Mask helps to brighten the complexion and make the skin tone more even.

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