Carnie Wilson was one of the first celebrities to have gastric bypass surgery. Her weight-loss procedure was performed live on the Internet in August of 1999 before 50,000 viewers.
I can only assume that being in the spotlight is difficult even under the best conditions. I also assume that the best of conditions are fleeting. Maximum heights of success regularly precede maximum falls from grace, and Carnie Wilson has had her share of falls.
She is as imperfect as the rest of us although her imperfections are open for public dissection and her declines are red meat for scavengers. Many celebrities are bound by similar circumstances. I should think they were at least partially aware of the restraints of fame prior to pursuing it.
Simply put, many people dislike any given celebrity at any given moment in time and Carnie Wilson is a celebrity. Her battles with her fluctuating weight are well-publicized, and the critiques have been harsh at times. It must be difficult and hurtful, and I admire her fortitude.
The Need for Weight-Loss Surgery
Carnie Wilson weighed 300 pounds prior to her gastric bypass surgery. She was pre-diabetic, had slipped discs in her back, and suffered from chronic headaches. Her liver was enlarged and toxic, and she had sleep apnea. Her cholesterol and blood pressure were elevated. Dieting resolved nothing.
Wilson would lose half of her body weight following bariatric surgery, shedding about 150 pounds.
She campaigned for weight-loss surgery after her operation and helped to educate the general public about the procedure.
Carnie Wilson's Second Surgery
Wilson has acknowledged publicly that maintaining an appropriate weight is a struggle and that she has gained back two-thirds of her weight. Her blood-sugar levels began to rise, and a fear of diabetes prompted her decision to have Lap-Band surgery.
You may view a Lap-Band surgery being performed on YouTube.
Wilson cites the births of her two children as contributing to her weight gain.
Obesity as a Disease
Carnie Wilson has been subject to criticism both before and after her surgeries. Some criticize because they maintain stereotypical views regarding obesity and think that those who are obese are without willpower and lazy. Many cannot accept obesity as an illness.
Obesity has been recognized as a disease by medical associations such as the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP), and the North American Association for the Study of Obesity (NAASO). Even the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agrees that obesity is a disease (http://www.obesityaction.org/).
Obesity is a chronic, metabolic, and progressive illness with a genetic predisposition. The scientific community believes there are over 1,000 genes related to weight. About 200 of them have been discovered.
Although Bariatric Surgery has significantly improved the lives and health of many people, there is no magic in the procedure. It should not be viewed as an alternative to the lifestyle changes that are necessary. Bariatric surgery is a tool that can help people become more successful at these changes in lifestyle.
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You can read about my decision to have weight loss surgery back in 2003 and my journey to maintain a lifetime of obesity disease management since that time. My wish is to help you on your own journey of lifetime obesity disease management with shareposts along the way to help you navigate that journey successfully.
Published On: April 02, 2012