11 January 2017 6:03 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Since Oprah Winfrey launched her talk show in 1986, she’s taken viewers along with her as she has fought a lifelong battle with her weight.

“This food struggle is something that she’s been battling since, I think, the public met Oprah,” says Winfrey’s best friend, CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King.

Winfrey concurs, “I have suffered publicly — fasting, eating no carbs, green juices, protein shakes, blah blah blah.”

Winfrey, who overcame an impoverished childhood to reach the pinnacle of success, says, “My public struggle with weight has always embarrassed me because it felt off principle.”

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