Dr. Mehmet Oz spoke to talk show host Wendy Williams about her 30-pound weight loss and discussed the three essential health tests every woman should take before age 50 on the Aug. 28 episode of the Dr. Oz Show.
Williams, 50, recently lost 30 pounds after overhauling her diet and has never felt better. Wendy credits a portion-controlled diet for her stunning weight loss transformation.
Williams gained a whopping 103 pounds during her pregnancy (son Kevin is now 13) and tipped the scales at 297 pounds back then. She said emotional overeating was at the heart of her weight struggles.
Wendy began overeating as a way to rebel against the strict eating habits her parents imposed on her as an adolescent.
"I often wonder, if my parents hadn't monitored my weight, would I have let it spin out of control or would I be okay?" she said. "I would always sneak in the refrigerator and eat seconds. And underneath my bed, it was littered with Twinkie wrappers and Jolly Rancher wrappers.
I would sneak-eat, because I was denied food, not because I was hungry, but because my mom and dad did the best they could in 1970 and '71 and '72. They didn't know any better."
While Wendy has learned to control her food addiction, she still prefers to eat alone. "My favorite food is the food I eat by myself," said Williams. Now I'll tell you what I eat so it's not really sneaking, but I'd rather eat it myself. Whether it's drive-thru at Taco Bell, pick up one taco on my way to the grocery store.
"I love the grocery store. I would never have my groceries delivered. I would never have anybody grocery shop. Grocery shopping for me is an hour and a half and I'm the girl who takes the free cheese and I luxuriate over the chips and I open them up and I eat them."
Mammogram, Colonoscopy and Waist Size
Separately, Dr. Oz said the three most important health tests women should have done before age 50 are a mammogram, a colonoscopy, and their waist size.
The Mayo Clinic recommends that women start getting mammograms at age 40 to screen against breast cancer. Annual mammograms are the best option for early cancer detection and reducing the risk of death from breast cancer.
Dr. Oz also said every woman should know her waist size, as the larger your waist, the greater your health risks. If your waist size is more than 35 inches, you are at higher risk for cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
Finally, another essential health test every woman should get done before age 50 is a colonoscopy. A colonoscopy is a test that enables your doctor to look at the inner lining of your large intestine camera to detect ulcers, colon polyps, cancerous tumors, or inflammation.
Because colon cancer is often detected too late, early screening and detection can literally mean the difference between life and death.