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• Oprah Winfrey has not endorsed a diet pill.
• The claim is “completely false,” a spokesperson for Winfrey said.
Oprah Winfrey has famously, publicly shared her weight-loss journey for decades, but she is not hawking diet pills, despite a spate of social media claims that say she is.
A March 7 post on Facebook says, "Oprah reveals her fully-natural solution," a pill that allowed her to lose 62 pounds in six weeks. The post includes an article headline that says, "Oprah swears: ‘It’s a treadmill in a pill,’" which links to a blog that does not contain information about Oprah or specific details about any weight loss product or method.
The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
The claim is "completely false," a spokesperson for Winfrey said.
The false Facebook post includes a photo of Winfrey, Dr. Mehmet Oz and acupuncturist Daniel Hsu, who appeared on Winfrey’s TV show in 2014. The image is a screenshot from that episode, which featured Winfrey’s first acupuncture session and was not about weight loss.
Fact checkers recently have debunked identical claims that contain the same wording but different images and links.
We rate the claim that Winfrey has revealed a pill that allowed her to lose 62 pounds in six weeks Pants on Fire!
CNN, "WW is doubling down on Oprah," Dec. 16, 2019
Email interview, Chelsea Hettrick, Harpo Inc., March 8, 2022
Facebook post, March 7, 2022
Instagram post, Jan. 11, 2022
LeadStories, "Fact Check: Oprah Winfrey Is NOT Endorsing Diet Pill That 'Lost Her 60 In 6 Weeks,'" Feb. 8, 2022
YouTube video, Aug. 30, 2014
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