Celebrities Who Have Had Weight Loss Surgery
July 8, 2016/
The number of celebrities who have had weight loss surgery is steadily increasing. An increase in celebrity surgeries has led to greater awareness and acceptance of procedures like gastric bypass as an effective aid for those seeking a long-term weight management solution.
When we think of celebrities such as actors, musicians and television personalities, we tend to conjure up images of people who ‘have it all.’ The reality is that famous people endure struggles, including obesity just like everyone else.
Famous Women Who Choose Weight Loss Surgery
Of the celebrities who have had weight loss surgery, many are famous women. In 2013, talk-show host and comedian Rosie O’Donnell went public about her gastric sleeve surgery after suffering a near-fatal heart attack. In 1999 media personality Sharon Osborne shed more than 100 pounds following her gastric band procedure, and she’s managed to successfully maintain that weight loss for over 17 years and counting.
Star Jones is another famous woman who decided to take control of her weight in 2003 with the help of gastric bypass surgery. She credits the surgery with saving her life, stating that “I wasn’t plus-size. I was morbidly obese. My greatest fear was that I would die in my apartment alone from a stroke or a heart attack – too big to get to the phone.“
Jones made headlines for keeping her bariatric surgery a secret from her fans for many years, a choice that she doesn’t regret. Like many people who choose weight loss surgery, Jones was anxious that she wouldn’t be successful in her weight-loss efforts, and she wanted to feel certain that she could keep the pounds off before going public about the operation.
Famous Men Who’ve Had Weight-Loss Surgery
A number of well-known men have also sought relief from their long-time struggles with excess weight through bariatric surgery; in 2003, musician and former “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson had gastric bypass surgery after trying countless diets and programs to shed excess pounds. “Liquid fasts. Bee stings. Urine of pregnant women. You name it. I have tried it,” said Jackson, explaining that “The problem is that those diets don’t work for people who have the disease of obesity.”
Al Roker, NBC’s beloved national morning weatherman, tipped the scales at 340 pounds in 2003. According to Roker, one of the last things his dying father told him was, “You’ve got to promise me that you’re going to lose weight,” and shortly afterwards, Roker decided to have gastric bypass surgery. Following the procedure, Roker lost close to 140 pounds, however, he experienced a well-publicized setback a few years later, when he gained 40 pounds back. Roker has since used his experiences to educate prospective bariatric surgery patients about the importance of adopting a healthy lifestyle after their operation in order to maintain their post-operative weight loss.
Here at Olde Del Mar Surgical, we’re happy to see that an ever-growing number of celebrities who have had weight loss surgery are publicly discussing their struggles with weight loss, and their experiences with weight loss surgery. As awareness and acceptance of weight-loss surgery grows, more people will become educated about the surgical and non-surgical options available to assist with their goal of achieving a healthy weight.
To learn more about minimally-invasive bariatric surgery options and alternatives offered by Dr. Sunil Bhoyrul, contact Olde Del Mar Surgical in San Diego, California.