The Carnie Wilson gastric bypass operation, together with similar surgeries by other celebrities, has done much to increase the popularity of weight loss surgery in the western world, where morbid obesity is growing rapidly.
Carnie Wilson is the daughter of the Beach Boy musician Brian Wilson, whose own troubled life led to considerable strain between Carnie and himself. Largely because of their strained relationship, Carnie began putting on weight at about the age of four and, by the time she had reached twelve, she was already on the first of what were to become many years of failed diets.
She really began to put on weight though when she began singing professionally with Wilson Phillips and found that the stress of performing led her into late night binge eating. When she started her singing career she weighed around 180 pounds but by the time she had cut her second album her weight had risen to 240 pounds. From there it continued to rise and reached 300 pounds by the summer of 2001.
At this point Carnie’s weight started to affect her health and frequent bouts of choking in her sleep left Carnie terrified that she was going to have a heart attack. At the same time she dreamed of being able to wear a white T-shirt and 501 jeans and eventually decided that if she did not face up to weight loss surgery her growing size was going to kill her.
So, she announced publicly that she intended to undergo Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery as she knew that it was the only answer to her weight problem and that it was something that she simply had to do.
Over the coming weeks and months her many fans followed her progress and were delighted to see her lose 150 pounds and realize her dream of being able to wear that white T-shirt and those 501 jeans.
Although Carnie Wilson knows that she will always have to struggle to maintain her new weight, like many thousands of people in a similar position, she was more than happy with the results and with the new lease of life and freedom that the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery had given her.