From reality stars such as Mama June to actresses like Gabourey Sidibe, a lot of high-profile celebs have opted for weight loss surgeries from gastric bypass to lap-band surgery. In a world where the pressure to look thin and flawless is endless, it's not surprising that many celebs seek medical intervention. Though there are many choices available, some surgeries are riskier than other. Gastric bypass results in the most weight loss and used to be the popular choice, but as the pressure to be thinner has grown, so have medical advancements.
Over the years, as doctors have tried to help patients lose weight and keep it off, they have come up with some alternatives. From various diets and pills to a variety of surgery options, there is a wide assortment to choose from. The ultra-popular lap band surgery can even be adjusted with time! For many celebrities a big transformation can help creative longevity in their career (and their health), but not everyone is able to keep the weight off.
For some celebs, it all happens pretty fast—they have a big reveal, and a year or two later they've kept most of it off. But for some, the consequences of their past excessive weight haunts them. Many have health issues even years after they have successfully conquered their weight issues. The View host, Star Jones, had heart problems that emerged even after a major weight loss, and The Talk host, Sharon Osbourne, has some regrets about resorting to surgery in the first place.
Everyone has their own opinion on whether surgery is the best move—but the thing that's hard to deny is that many of these celebs are lookin' GOOD! Here are some favorite celebs who went under the knife to lose the weight!
Paul Wall – Before
Houston-based rapper, Wall, struggled with his weight his whole life. After his doctor told him that carrying extra weight would take years off of his life, he decided to take action.
Paul Wall – After
After undergoing gastric sleeve surgery in 2010, Wall lost 130 pounds and has kept it off! He still eats southern comfort food but says his portions are much smaller now.
Gabourey Sidibe – Before
Sidibe first came into the public eye as the title character in the 2009 film, Precious. She has been in a decent amount of TV shows and films since including several seasons of American Horror Story.
Gabourey Sidibe – After
After receiving her type 2 diabetes diagnosis, Sidibe opted for laparoscopic bariatric surgery in May of 2016. She is still on her weight loss journey, but has reported that she feels much better about herself!
Graham Elliot – Before
High profile chef, Elliot, was up to 400 pounds and knew it was time for a change.
Graham Elliot – After
Elliot got his sleeve gastrectomy in 2013 and lost 150 pounds. Five years later, he still looks great. His diet has changed considerably. Though he's around delicious and indulgent food options he knows he has to make smart choices to nourish his banana-sized stomach.
Rosie O’ Donnell – Before
After surviving a heart attack in 2012, O'Donnell was more motivated than ever to get herself in shape.
Rosie O’Donnell – After
O'Donnell lost 64 pounds from her vertical gastric sleeve surgery in 2013. Though she's struggled to keep it off entirely, the actress and host has definitely maintained some of her weight loss.
Carney Wilson – Before
Wilson has battled with her weight since childhood particularly struggling with singing alongside her two thin bandmates in Wilson Phillips. She was always considered the "fat one" and was even shamed on the Howard Stern Show.
Carnie Wilson – After
After Wilson's gastric bypass failed in 2000, she went under the knife in 2012 for lap band surgery. She originally lost 150 pounds, but she's had a hard time keeping it off.
Roseanne Barr- Before
Barr was not exactly the most likely star to glam up, but she underwent one of the most dramatic transformations in Hollywood. After hitting 350 pounds, something had to give!
Roseanne Barr- After
Barr had gastric bypass in 1998, followed by a tummy tuck. She's had a lot of ups and downs since then with her most successful low coming in at 200 pounds less than her starting weight!
Randy Jackson – Before
With his health declining and a type 2 diabetes diagnosis, original American Idol judge, Jackson, got himself out of the dawg-house by choosing gastric bypass surgery.
Randy Jackson – After
For the last decade, Jackson has done a great job of keeping most of the 100 pounds off – his gastric bypass surgery and dedication to his diet has definitely been a success.
Star Jones – Before
Jones, a popular host, knew she was in trouble when she acknowledged that she was "morbidly obese" and set out on a journey to better health.
Star Jones – After
Jones has kept the weight off for the last 15 years. When she had gastric bypass in 2003, the surgery was still considered very dangerous. She later suffered some major heart problems, but because of her 160 pound weight loss, she has been able to get through some scary health issues.
Sharon Osbourne – Before
Not too many photos are floating around of Osbourne before her weight loss. She struggled with her weight and was able to lose 100 pounds from gastric band surgery in 1999.
Sharon Osbourne – After
Osbourne says she, "feels like a cheat." But regardless of how she got here, she has successfully stayed slim for almost two decades. Her kids also both struggled with their weight as teens but have both successfully gotten to healthy weights by becoming active and changing their relationships with food.
Al Roker – Before
His heaviest weight was 340 and Roker knew it was time to take action. He opted for surgery in 2002.
Al Roker – After
It's been more than 15 years since Roker's gastric bypass surgery, and he remains slim after losing well over 100 pounds.
Mama June – Before
She came into the public eye as the mama of the outspoken Honey Boo Boo, but after years of public ridicule, Mama June took action. In 2015, she got gastric sleeve surgery.
Mama June – After
It wasn't a quick fix, but with surgery and the help of a trainer, June lost 300 pounds. She has continued to struggle with her weight but is currently maintaining a much smaller frame than she began with.
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