Oprah Winfrey in hospital with ‘severe stomach issues’, say officials

Gayle King, a superb friend of Oprah Winfrey, explained intimately why a serious “stomach problem” prevented the media star from appearing on “CBS Mornings” on Tuesday.

King said Winfrey was hospitalized with the “stomach issue,” which she described as “stomach flu.” Page Six reported.

“She had some kind of stomach problem – stomach flu – stuff was coming out of both ends,” King explained on her morning news show. by TMZ. King then said she wouldn't “go into too much detail” about her friend's simultaneous vomiting and diarrhea – although that was type of the case.

Oprah Winfrey became emotional as she discussed her best friend's recent struggles. Pictured here: Gayle King and Oprah Winfrey at an awards dinner on March 6, 2018 in New York City. (Monica Schipper/Getty Images)
Oprah Winfrey became emotional as she discussed her best friend's recent struggles. Pictured here: Gayle King and Oprah Winfrey at an awards dinner on March 6, 2018 in New York City. (Monica Schipper/Getty Images)

“Needless to say, she ended up in the hospital, dehydrated and needing an IV, it was a very serious matter,” King said.

Winfrey's hospitalization got here five months after the 70-year-old talk show personality admitted to taking an unspecified weight-loss drug, much like Ozempic, to “control” her weight and “stay healthy.”

But Winfrey's rep reiterated King's statement that her friend's hospitalization was resulting from stomach flu, Page Six reported. The rep also said Winfrey was given an IV for hydration and was “resting and improving day by day.”

Winfrey was scheduled to introduce creator David Wroblewski, whose novel “Familiaris” is her book club's latest pick, Page Six reported. King said she hoped her friend “wasn't mad at me for revealing the gruesome details.” King felt she needed to disclose a number of the details to “make it clear that (the book) is important to her and it really bothers her that she couldn't be here today. She loved that book so much.”

Perhaps King gave the “stomach flu” explanation because she and Winfrey expected some people to ask if their weight-loss medication had something to do with it.

Last October, CNN reported to a brand new study that means that folks taking common injectable weight-loss drugs akin to Wegovy, Ozempic, Saxenda and Victoza could also be at higher risk for serious digestive problems akin to gastric paralysis, pancreatitis and intestinal obstruction in comparison with people taking other kinds of weight-loss drugs.

But the study found that the danger of developing these diseases remains to be small, CNN reported. Still, demand for the drugs has exploded, and tens of thousands and thousands of individuals worldwide are actually taking them. Researchers estimate that even risks as rare as these could mean lots of of 1000’s of recent cases, CNN reported.

Winfrey made headlines in December when she admitted she had began taking weight-loss drugs to finally address her weight and body image issues that had played out in the general public eye over the past few many years. Her “body journey” also became an everyday topic on her hit daytime talk show, which ran for 25 seasons. People reported.

“For 25 years, it was a public sport to make fun of me,” Winfrey told People in December. “I was blamed and shamed, and I blamed and shamed myself.”

Winfrey told People that she now has a greater handle on tips on how to maintain a healthy weight long-term – and free herself from shame once and for all – by integrating weight-loss medication right into a “holistic approach” to her health that also includes regular exercise and other lifestyle changes.

Winfrey told People that it was a relief to finally realize that she should stop blaming herself for her weight, explaining, “I have a predisposition that no amount of willpower can control.”

Winfrey said: “Obesity is a disease. It's not about willpower – it's about the brain.”

In a Weight Watchers special on television, Winfrey also expressed regret at being “a staunch participant in this diet culture.” She said, “Through my platforms, through (my O magazine), through the talk show for 25 years and online, I have been a major contributor to it.”

“I can't tell you how many weight-loss shows and makeovers I've done, and they've been a staple of my life since I started working in television,” Winfrey said.

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