Sometimes even celebrities need a little extra help to drop the weight.
Whether you need to shed 10 pounds or 100, losing weight isn’t easy. We’ve all crashed and burned on fad diets, starved on juice cleanses, and sworn off carbs only to gain back the few lbs we lost when we cave to our cravings and indulge in that decadent piece of chocolate cake or greasy cheeseburger.
The battle with the bulge isn’t exclusive to us common folk, even celebrities who can afford the most expensive meal plans and pricey personal trainers sometimes need a little extra help to get their weight under control. Especially when those few extra pounds turn into enough weight to cause health problems.
Gastric Bypass is an irreversible stomach-stapling surgery that greatly reduces the amount of food a person can consume. Scroll down to see which celebrities have gotten Gastric Bypass surgery to lose the weight and gain back control of their health.
American Idol host Randy Jackson lost 120 pounds after having Gastric Bypass surgery in 2003, a decision he made after he was diagnosed with Type Two Diabetes. He told People Magazine, “I feel great. I was dressing fly before, but now I have so many more choices. I sleep much better. I have more energy. It’s not about becoming sexy or skinny, it’s about health.”
Singer Carnie Wilson lost 150 pounds after having Gastric Bypass surgery in 1999. “I was 31 years old when I decided to have a Gastric Bypass surgery (live on the internet) suggested by my then manager Mickey Shapiro. He told me he loved me like a father and could not watch me do this to myself any longer. I was constantly being warned and having my friends and family cry to me out of their fear for me. But no one could do anything. I had to save my own life,” said Carnie in her RealSelf review. But 12 years after her surgery motherhood caught up with her. After not being able to shed her baby weight, Carnie ended up gaining back most of the weight she had lost from the operation. In 2012, she decided to get the Lap-Band and has already lost 30 pounds.
Comedienne Roseanne Barr lost 80 pounds after having gastric bypass surgery in 1998. Since then she has gained a lot of the weight back, and has accepted her body the way it is, “My stomach is the size of a walnut, yet I still gorge. I’m still fat and always will be. I don’t care.”
Today Show host Al Roker lost 140 pounds after getting gastric bypass surgery in 2002. He says that keeping off the weight is a constant struggle because he is an emotional eater, “I’m an emotional eater, I’m a stress eater. I eat when I’m happy. I eat when I’m sad. I have a problem with food. The only way to fight that is to eat less and exercise more. That’s the bottom line.” Al gained back 40 pounds of the weight he lost after his mother was hospitalized.
Star Jones lost 160 pounds following her 2003 gastric bypass surgery, but didn’t admit that she had the weight loss procedure until 2007.” Gastric bypass surgery saved my life, and though I still believe wholeheartedly that health decisions are private and should remain between a doctor and his patient, keeping this decision private started to feel hypocritical and cumbersome. I couldn’t justify it any longer.” Star admitted that everyday is an emotional journey, but she is proud of herself for being able to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Singer Patti Austin lost 140 pounds following a gastric bypass surgery in 2005. The singer decided the surgery was the best option for her when the doctor said she was at risk for some serious health conditions if she did not lose weight. “I went for the surgery because my mom died of complications from a stroke and she had a weight problem too. I watched my mother die a slow and horrible death… My father suffered from obesity as well and died of complications from diabetes.”
The late ‘At last’ singer Etta James lost 235 pounds after having gastric bypass surgery in 2001. “It feels so good to be happy,” said Etta to People Magazine in 2006. “I used to have all my clothes made, I was a size 30. Now I’m a size 10. So I love to go shopping!” She died of Leukemia in 2012 at the age of 73.
The late Adam Goldstein, better known as DJ AM, lost 155 pounds following his gastric bypass surgery in 2003. He told People Magazine that he realized he needed a change in his life when he couldn’t stand looking at himself in the mirror, “I was the only fat crack head in L.A. I would deejay until 2 am, go get drugs and stay up until 10 in the morning doing drugs in my apartment. Then I would wake up and eat like a beast.” Adam passed away in 2009 due to a drug overdose.
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