Celebrities Who Had Weight Loss Surgery

In terms of maintaining a healthy body weight, it can feel like celebrities have it easy. Simply put, they have access to resources, such as trainers and dieticians, most people don’t. However, not all celebrities are able to maintain a healthy body weight, which is why some turn to gastric sleeve surgery or gastric bypass surgery.

We’ve put together a list of some of the most high-profile and successful weight loss surgery celebrity stories, as well as their advice for maintaining a healthy weight post-surgery.

Rosie O’Donnell

O’Donnell, a famous comedian and actress, has entertained us with her unique brand of comedy for years. But following a heart attack in 2012, she realized she had to take action and shed some pounds in order to live a healthier life. She was 50 years old, and since her surgery, she’s lost fifty pounds.

O’Donnell has been open about her experiences with surgery, and she’s never made it sound like an easy solution to weight issues. She admits it takes a lot of work to lose weight and keep it off and that it puts a person through unique emotional experiences.

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Paul Wall

Wall is a rapper, and just like any other musician, he was susceptible to the alluring party atmosphere of the music industry. He realized he was unhappy when he hit 320 pounds. At the time, he was even invited to appear on a celebrity weight loss show, which made him seriously reconsider the life he was leading.

Undergoing gastric sleeve surgery was a turning point in Wall’s life. He lost 100 pounds, and he used the surgery as motivation to live a more healthy lifestyle in general.

After the surgery, he reduced his intake of drugs, alcohol and fast food, and his new healthy lifestyle helped him become a better husband and father for his wife and kids.

Al Roker

Many people saw Al Roker deliver the weather every morning on the Today Show. But at one point, his weight started to have an impact on more than his appearance. Once it became a health issue, he decided to have surgery.

He went into the surgery at about 340 pounds and initially lost 150 pounds, but he eventually regained about 40 pounds back. Roker’s secret was a high protein and low-carb diet following surgery.

Star Jones

The famous talk show host has openly admitted she had an unhealthy relationship with food for a long time. At one point, Jones weighted more than 300 pounds.

She knew she was overweight, but didn’t think it was quite as out of control as it was. After a friend convinced her to lose weight for the sake of her long-term health, Jones decided to undergo weight loss surgery.

Due to her emotional attachment to food, the surgery was not easy for Jones, but she eventually shaved off 160 pounds.

Randy Jackson

After being diagnosed with type-2 diabetes and reaching a weight of more than 300 pounds, the American Idol judge decided to have gastric bypass surgery in 2003. The surgery helped him lose 100 pounds.

Although he eventually gained some of his weight back, he’s continued to fight off excessive weight gain by supplementing his surgery with a healthy diet and a regular exercise routine.

Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey, a popular singer-songwriter, has always been a performer. She’s known for her high-register voice, but, like many pop music stars, singing is not enough; you need to be able to dance too. And, as a woman in the music industry, that usually involves strutting around stage and on camera in revealing outfits.

But even famous singers can’t escape the weight gain that comes with becoming a mother. Carey went up to 180 pounds after she had twins in 2011. But, with the help of gastric sleeve surgery, she was able to lose 40 pounds.

Graham Elliot

As a chef and food critic, food is a very large part of Elliot’s life. However, it also made him more susceptible to significant weight gain. Once he reached 400 pounds, everyday tasks started to become difficult, and he knew he had to do something.

Elliot has struggled with weight his entire life, but with the help of gastric sleeve surgery, he managed to lose 150 pounds and live a much healthier life for himself and his wife and children.

Elliot supplemented his weight lots with running, and since undergoing surgery, he’s completed a 10K run.

Lisa Lampanelli

After developing a career out making fun of others, the self-proclaimed “Queen of Mean” eventually looked inward and reassessed her own lifestyle and health.

In 2012, Lampanelli made the life-altering decision to undergo weight loss surgery, which led to her shedding 100 pounds of excess weight, proving that regardless of what your relationship with food is, you can turn things around.

Gastric sleeve surgery is not easy; you’re making a permanent and serious change to your body, and drastically altering your lifestyle. But it’s not only worked for these celebrities; it’s worked for plenty of others who are just like you.

Talk to one of our surgeons about whether or not you’re are an ideal candidate for weight loss surgery and what to expect.