Wilson Phillips singer Carnie Wilson surprised fans last week when she announced that she underwent lap band surgery in January to help her lose weight -- again. Why were they surprised? After all, plenty of people go through gastric bypass surgery these days. Well, it was shocking because this is the second time she's gone through the drastic procedure to drop the pounds. The first time, Wilson opted to go under the knife on the web - and she subsequently lost 150 lbs.
The former talk show host steadily put more weight back on over the years by overeating and having two children, she told People. Now, she's hoping that the weight loss will stick.
"It was the right decision for me and I'm doing really well so far," the singer told People, adding that she's lost 30 lbs. since the Jan 18 surgery. "It's all about taking good care of myself."
The surgery will likely be profiled on her upcoming reality show with her Wilson Phillips bandmates. The show, "Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On" will premiere on the TV Guide Network on April 8.
While Carnie might be the first celebrity to say she's had the procedure twice, she's definitely not the first to get the surgery. Who else in Hollywood opted for medical intervention to drop the lbs.?
Longtime "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson is a shadow of his former self, thanks to the gastric bypass surgery he had in 2003. The overweight record producer told the Los Angeles Times that he went through the procedure to help his Type 2 diabetes.
"Listen, it was pretty tough," he told the Los Angeles Times, adding that "it's a pretty risky surgery still at its best."
He's steadily put on weight since the surgery - let's hope he doesn't have to get it again to keep his health in check.
It's hard to remember "Today Show" weatherman Al Roker before he had his gastric bypass surgery. The once portly television star went through the procedure in 2002 and has completely overhauled his lifestyle since - he even ran the New York City marathon!
Roker said that he spoke out to take some of the stigma away from getting help for weight problems.
"In this country, if you have an alcohol problem or a drug problem, you can get treatment," he said. "If you have a weight problem, it's lack of willpower: 'Just push away from the table, tubby, and you'd lose that weight.' But you can stop drinking, you can stop sticking a needle in your arm. You cannot not eat."
Former "The View" host Star Jones went back to her old stomping groups in February, nearly six years after she left the show amid a feud with her co-hosts. At the time, Walters said Jones asked them to lie about her gastric bypass procedure, even though it was obvious that she had some help losing a massive amount of weight in a little bit of time.
However, the lawyer eventually came clean about her 2003 procedure, saying that her low-self esteem kept her from talking about it.
"Even though I claimed to be just fine with my weight, I saw how other women [colleagues] were treated like the girlfriend, while I was treated like the good friend, she wrote in her autobiography about her first job in television. "To compensate for my insecurities, I spoke louder and ate more."
Jones has managed to keep the weight off and still looks great nearly 10 years post-op.
Do you think Carnie Wilson can keep the weight off this time?
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