Women, Food, and God on Oprah

May 13, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015

Oprah Winfrey photographed on May 9 in New York City. Women, Food, and God, a book on developing one's inner self to succeed in dieting and other life goals, was showcased on Oprah Wednesday. (Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
Oprah Winfrey photographed on May 9 in New York City. Women, Food, and God, a book on developing one's inner self to succeed in dieting and other life goals, was showcased on Oprah Wednesday. (Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
Oprah recently showcased the book Women, Food, and God on her show, attracting attention to its author, and showcasing her take on dieting techniques that Oprah claims changed her life.

Oprah Winfrey has been open with her audience about her struggles in life and has used her show as a forum to discuss solutions. Her latest interest for in self-improvement she found in Women, Food, and God. Oprah interviewed the book's author Geneen Roth on her show Wednesday.

“You all know my story—the highs and lows and ups and downs. My skinny self, my fat self… I have come across something so profound that I think [to everybody] who's ever felt that it's a losing battle, here is an opportunity to win,” said Oprah on her show Wednesday.

Geneen Roth says that Women, Food, and God represents a culmination of her trial and error experience, and believes that most women that diet are focusing in the wrong direction. She believes women should first work on their inner selves to create positive changes both inside and outside their bodies.

“It's never been true, not anywhere at any time, that the value of a soul, of a human spirit, is dependent on a number on a scale,” reads a passage from Women, Food, and God.

Roth’s approach to combating compulsive eating is to attack the problem from the root. She is a firm believer that through creating a solid foundation spiritually, anyone can get a hold of there compulsive eating behavior. Roth says that she has tried a long list of failing diet methods that drove her to the brink of suicide. After her dark times she finally realized that the issue had more to do with her psyche than with her body, and that overeating was only a symptom of a spiritual sickness.

Multiple women came on the Oprah Winfrey Show to share their experiences about how they lost weight by following advice from Women, Food, and God. Roth’s books are also tied into her work as a motivational speaker and with her weight loss retreat organization.