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Rosie Not Hurt By "Tubby Talker" Moniker

Saturday, May 1, 1999
Plus-sized talk show host Rosie O'Donnell admits her weight is out of control but she says she doesn't always mind when newspapers make cracks about her physical appearance.

"Being called names like the 'Tubby Talker,' as I was in the newspaper recently, doesn't hurt my feelings because I'm a realist," she tells June's Marie Claire. "I am tubby and I am a talker. Being a public person, I try to get to a point of self-acceptance in my life."

"To say that it's not a struggle is a lie," O'Donnell says of her battle of the bulge. "To say that I have it under control is a lie, too. And if I could change one thing about myself, it would be to take better care of myself."

O'Donnell, who reveals to the magazine that she is currently at her heaviest weight, says she was once enraged by a doctor who told her that she needed to carry around a baggy filled with carrots and pop one into her mouth any time she had a craving for Oreos. "I said to that doctor, 'It's so insulting of you to think that you just cured obesity in America," she says. "It's so simplistic to think that being fat is only about the food you put into your mouth, because it's really about control and feeling safe."— Rich Brown