Weight loss surgery can still be a taboo subject amongst many. With old fashioned claims of it being cheating and an easy way out, it’s easy to see why weight loss surgery patients want to keep their surgery a secret. However, weight loss surgery is on the rise and with celebrities being open about the procedures now paving the way in making this a perfectly acceptable solution to lose weight. We wanted to celebrate the famous faces who have opened up about their weight loss surgery.
Here are 8 celebs weight loss surgery success stories to inspire you!
1. Mariah Carey
The “all I want for Christmas is you” singer’s figure is almost just as famous as her high notes. After being shot to fame in 1990 Mariah Carey has been the centre of tabloid stories about her curves and weight.
The Diva had always embraced her curvaceous figure but over the years the weight she gained began to get out of her control, and the body-shaming from internet trolls began. A string of diets worked short terms but Mariah needed a permanent solution.
In October 2017, after touring with legend Lionel Richie and noticing the effect her weight had on her stamina and performance, Carey underwent gastric sleeve surgery.
Since her weight loss surgery, Mariah Carey has continued to keep her weight off and continue her super successful career. Taking on a new Las Vegas residency, so popular the original dates extended into 2020, touring the world and achieving a number of awards recognising her work in the music industry. And, best of all, an amazing energetic mum to her twins.
Healthier weight realise weight loss surgery is so much more than a medical procedure, we treat our patients as individuals and will always be there for you. That is why we are voted the best and have fewest complications in the UK. Read more about why our gastric sleeve will be the best choice you ever made.
2. Fern Britton
The former This Morning presenter was best known for accompanying Philip Schofield and hosting the magazine morning tv show. But in 2008 she hit all of the papers for another reason – gastric band surgery.
In the late ’00s weight loss surgery in the UK was rarely spoken about so when the famous TV presenter opened up about getting it done is was one of the most spoken about topics of the time.
Fern’s choice to get bariatric surgery wasn’t just to drop a few dress sizes, it was down to her health and wanted to make a change before it was too late. At the time Ferne spoke out about her choice saying
“I had the gastric band for health reasons, my cholesterol was high. My knee joints were starting to hurt. I wasn’t able to run.”
“For me, it’s worked. I’ve got good cholesterol now. I’m incredibly fit.”
Since her surgery, Fern even felt fit enough to compete in Strictly Come Dancing!
It’s more than just weight loss surgery, Healthier weight realise weight loss surgery is so much more than a medical procedure, we treat our patients as individuals and will always be there for you. That is why we are voted the best and have fewest complications in the UK. Read more about why our gastric band will be the best choice you ever made.
3. Randy Jackson
Looking at the 64- year old former American Idol judge, it’s hard to believe he was 358 pounds at one time. But, Randy Jackson’s weight got so out of hand that he was diagnosed with Diabetes type 2.
The diagnosis was a wake-up call, being medically obese, Randy went ahead with gastric bypass surgery and began his journey to a healthier weight.
The weight loss surgery enabled Randy Jackson to change his whole life. He now lives a much healthier life. Changing his attitude towards food and being more active has helped him to continue to keep off the weight.
It’s more than just weight loss surgery, Healthier weight realise weight loss surgery is so much more than a medical procedure, we treat our patients as individuals and will always be there for you. That is why we are voted the best and have fewest complications in the UK. Read more about why our gastric bypass will be the best choice you ever made.
4. Sharon Osborne
Another famous TV talent show judge, Sharon Osborne. The X Factor judge, famous for her rows with Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh, is no stranger to cosmetic surgery. Being open about her previous procedures to enhance her looks and keep her looking young.
Having the gastric band was no different. Sharon Osborne did not keep her weight loss surgery a secret as people were amazed by her transformation and 8 stone weight loss.
After 7 years with the gastric band, Osborne decided to reverse the operation and remove the band. She had lost and maintained her weight for years and felt that thanks to the band she had learned how to control her eating habits.
5. Roise O'Donnell
Comedian, talk show host and actress Rosie O’Donnell has had a long and successful career in America. Rosie O’Donnell was a woman confident in herself and her body.
It was a heart attack in 2012 that changed her life around and made her aware of the impact her weight had on her health. Doctors told her losing weight would minimise her risk of having another heart attack. To ensure that she had the best chance at weight loss, O’Donnell had a gastric sleeve procedure in 2013.
In the years since her weight loss surgery, Rosie O’Donnell has led an extremely healthy lifestyle, changing her diet to a plant-based one after learning the health benefits of this.
6. Sally Morgan
Best known as “Psychic Sally”, TV star Sally Morgan had always advocated for more conventional means of weight loss, such as dieting and exercise.
But, a heart scare led the big brother runner up to see a doctor. It was here that she learned how at risk she was of heart disease. Not wanting to increase the risk, Sally looked into other routes for weight loss, as it was apparent the methods she had once advocated, weren’t working.
Shortly after the shocking news that she could die if her weight didn’t change. Sally looked at the different weight loss procedures, and understood that the gastric bypass was the most powerful and would give her the best chance to lose the most weight. The gastric bypass enabled her to lose 16 stone.
Since the surgery, Sally has reduced the risk of heart disease and has kept the weight off. She continues to tour the UK with her psychic powers.
7. Vicki Mooney
Gastric bypass & bypass revision
Best known for being Irelands first plus-sized model and founder of their first plus-sized model agency. Vicki Mooney has spent most of her life being an advocate for people living with obesity. Her journey to manage her own struggles with obesity began in 2005.
The former model had a gastric bypass at age 28 when her weight was having a serious impact on her mental and physical health.
Vicki had great success with her gastric bypass for many years. Losing half her body weight and continuing to empower plus sized people throughout the country.
However, going through menopause and having her activity significantly reduced due to the 2019 pandemic Vicki found herself losing control of her weight.
After speaking with Mr Rishi Singhal, Vicki discovered that just like other forms of surgery, sometimes weight loss surgery can need revising after years. So, in 2021 she had a bypass revision to get her back on track.
8. Kelly Osborne
Following in her mother’s footsteps, Kelly Osborne also had weight loss surgery. After watching Sharon’s success, Kelly had first-hand experience of how gastric surgery can be the solution to manage weight struggles.
Kelly got candid about her surgery in 2020 saying
“All it does is change the shape of your stomach. I got that almost 2 years ago. I will never ever lie about it ever. It is the best thing I have ever done”
For Kelly it was more than just losing weight, it helped her in her journey to sobriety. After years of struggling with alcohol, after her gastric sleeve surgery, Kelly found her cravings for it completely gone.