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Marie Osmond Recalls Being Fat-Shamed

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By    |   Thursday, 26 December 2019 11:39 AM

For years Marie Osmond battled her weight. The singer and co-host of The Talk started starving herself as a teenager after she was fat shamed by a studio executive while filming her variety show with brother Donny in the 1970s. She also turned to food for comfort and as a way of dealing with taking care of her mother and undergoing a divorce.

As she engaged in emotional eating during her divorce, the weight began to creep on, but Osmond shrugged it off until one day her son pulled her aside and expressed his concern. She made changes to her lifestyle and dropped the extra pounds in an effort to achieve better health.

One of the worst experiences Osmond faced regarding her weight was criticism from the network she was working for during filming of the 1970s variety show Donny & Marie.

"One day, I was taken out into a parking lot and one of the studio people told me that if I didn’t drop 10 pounds, they were going to cancel the show," Osmond told Fox News in an interview published Thursday.

"They said I was an embarrassment to my family and I needed to keep the food out of my fat face."

She lost some of the weight but the emotional scars remained.

"I never realized the mental abuse behind that," she said. "I went through other kinds, too. But those leave scars and traumas. I swear to you, every diet on the planet I tried. And when my mother passed away, I gave up on me. I wanted to be home, so I started doing a radio show."

Osmond first began putting on weight when her mother was ill and she had to juggle taking care of her and raising her eight children.

"I was the provider for my family, so I had to work. Eating was my way of coping with life. And you justify it, like 'My bones are getting bigger,'" she said.

It was when her mother passed away and Osmond turned her attention to her radio show that she let herself go and her weight ballooned.

"I felt like I could take a break [from the dieting] because I was behind a microphone. But I remember looking in the mirror one day and going, 'What did you do?' I knew I had to get back on track," she said.

Osmond turned her life around after her son one day took her aside and told her he did not want to lose her and she needed to lose weight.

"I was ready," she said.

It took four months, but Osmond shed 50 pounds. After years of dieting and starving herself to please everyone else, she decided to take care of herself.

"It’s not about being skinny. It's about being healthy," she said, adding that the weight loss was all about participating in life.

"It’s about being able to go hiking with your sweetheart, getting on the floor with your grandkids," she continued. "That's exactly what I want to do."

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For years Marie Osmond battled her weight. The singer and co-host of "The Talk" started starving herself as a teenager after she was fat shamed by a studio executive while filming her variety show with brother Donny in the 1970s. She also turned to food for comfort and as a...
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