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Oprah Winfrey used weight issues to avoid parties

By Katie Archer

Oprah Winfrey says being overweight was her "shield and shame" which she used as an excuse not to have to attend parties.

Talk show veteran Winfrey (63) told Good Housekeeping she used to hide behind her weight issues to get out of social events.

She said: "(My weight) has been the go-to comfort for me.

"You use it as your coat and your shield, and it keeps you from doing things.

"You don't have to go to that party because you don't have a dress to wear and nothing is going to fit you.

"But the wonderful thing for me is that I reached a point where I no longer wanted to hide."

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