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5 Celebrities Who Had Weight Loss Surgery

According to the statistics shared by WHO, worldwide obesity has just about tripled since 1975. More than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight in 2016. Over 650 million of these were obese. Nowadays, more and more people ask how to lose weight, especially in cases of morbid obesity. In our busy lives, it seems to be almost impossible for some of us to have time and motivation to eat properly and exercise even with the help of different types of weight loss tools at our disposal, such as Weight Loss Resources.

Additionally, almost all the food we consume contains fat and sugar, so even following diet plans or other ways to lose weight seems to be out of reach for many patients with morbid obesity. One of the most popular options chosen at home countries or abroad is a weight loss surgery, such as gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, or lap band surgery. These treatments are deemed as the fastest way to lose weight almost regardless of their prices and help you lose weight by changing the eating process handled by the stomach and small intestine. After the surgery, your stomach becomes smaller; you feel full with less food.

Celebrities also naturally struggle to lose weight and fight sometimes morbid obesity as much as we, their fans. Their stories and ways to lose weight may be an example for us – some of them are happy with their metamorphosis, and some of them are not. That’s why we have prepared this list of celebrity weight loss surgeries – to present both the positive and side effects of weight loss surgery. This article can contribute to your research since the actual stories and reviews read in the decision-making process are as important as the written information and rules of the treatment, and the prices offered.

READ: Gastric Bypass Surgery – Common Questions

Rosie O’Donnell 


In August 2012, 50 years old at the time, her doctors told Rosie O'Donnell, the host of the famous The Rosie O’Donnell Show, that she needed to lose weight after suffering a near-fatal heart attack. For a year, she tried to get under 200 pounds naturally by keeping to a healthy diet and routine exercise. But in July 2013, she had vertical gastric sleeve surgery, which "changed her life," she told People magazine in 2016. "In my opinion, this is something that needs a little more attention for people who have suffered from morbid obesity their whole lives," Rosie said. "This has really, really helped."

Chris Christie 


Chris Christie is a well-known American politician. Since 2010 he’s been the governor of New Jersey. For the rest of the world, he became better known as a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for presidential elections in 2016. For many years struggling with obesity, Chris Christie underwent gastric bypass (lap band) surgery in February 2013. Gov. Chris Christie who's visibly getting thin since undergoing surgery refuses to declare exactly how many pounds he's shed. But according to a doctor who evaluated the before and after pictures, he lost at least 100 pounds after the surgery.

READ: The Benefits of Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Roseanne Barr 


Roseanne Barr is a famous actress and comedian, who also had an episode in American politics thanks to the Peace and Freedom Party nomination in the 2016 presidential elections. Roseanne Barr’s weight loss surgery became a hot topic in the media. After undergoing a gastric bypass surgery back in 1998, she still was struggling with being overweight. The gastric bypass surgery helped Roseanne lose 80 pounds. At an NBC press event in 2014, Roseanne talked about how she had recently lost more weight: "I'm just doing the things you're supposed to do…you know, moving more, and eating less," she said.

Al Roker


Al Roker, while probably not so popular in Europe, in the USA is a known and respected host of the Today Show. His weight loss battle and failed diet plans led him in 2002 to have gastric bypass surgery done. Al Roker’s weight loss is a positive example of bariatric surgery’s effect. With a balanced diet plan and a newly found love for sports, he experienced fully the effects of a weight loss surgery and became an example for millions of Americans who struggle with morbid obesity. He is aware that keeping his weight is a daily challenge that includes a combination of portion control, exercise, and knowing his triggers.

Sharon Osbourne 


Sharon Osbourne chose a different way to fight with extra kilos. In 1999 she went for lap band surgery and underwent an impressive metamorphosis. However, she was not comfortable with weight loss surgery side effects – sporadic nausea and severe limitation of the amount of food one can eat at once. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, she said: 'I felt like such a cheat when I had that band on my stomach. It makes you vomit the whole time. Nothing goes down because it goes out.' For this reason, in 2006 she decided to have her lap band surgery reversed and focus more on natural ways to lose weight such as diet plans and exercises.

READ: Gastric Sleeve – 6 Common Questions You Need to Know

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By Kubilay Aydeger - Medically reviewed by Prof. Cuneyt Kayaalp, on Mar 30, 2024

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Jun 16, 2020

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