There are many celebrities we’ve watched struggle with their weight through the years, and Carnie Wilson is no exception to this group. However, Wilson may be unique as she has been very candid about her struggles. Wilson has gone up and down in size and even broadcasted her weight loss surgery. As she continues to fight her battle with weight, Wilson remains in the limelight, not the shadows.
This week, Carnie’s making news as she celebrates a 40-pound weight loss since doing her second gastric bypass surgery last January. She told PEOPLE that she isn’t just relying on the surgery to carry her through, but working out regularly via the treadmill, walking and weight training sessions three times each week. Her goal is to increase her muscle mass
On Wilson’s own website the celeb’s issues are confronted. Her notorious difficulties with weight are discussed with a statement.
“Suffering from a lifelong battle with Morbid Obesity, Carnie chose not to hide it like some celebrities might but instead turned her struggle into a vehicle to inspire others. Her cybercast gastric bypass surgery in 1999 drew more than 2.5 million hits and attracted worldwide media attention. Since then Carnie has spoken extensively about Morbid Obesity and regularly contributes her message on Lite And Hope’s official web site and via her online Carnie Wilson Obesity Support Group.”
In addition to Wilson’s surgery in 1999, the singer signed on for a Game Show Network show called “Carnie Wilson: Unstapled,” in 2010. The show followed her as she attempted to lose the 50 pounds she gained post-surgery during her two pregnancies.
The show was not the answer Wilson was looking for as she openly admitted to undergoing another weight loss surgery just this last year in January 2012. Wilson stated on the Today Show that she was borderline diabetic and needed to make a dramatic change. As of April 2012 when Wilson was on numerous shows discussing her second surgery, she stated that she had already lost about 30 pounds.
As Wilson was featured this past year on the reality Show, “Still Holding On,” a series about the reunion of her pop group Wilson Phillips, her struggles were broadcast once more. The aftermath of her second surgery proved to be challenging and even embarrassing at times. However, true to form, Wilson remained her honest and blunt self, even for the cameras.
Soon she will be featured as the keynote speaker for the Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America’s (WLSFA) conference. Wilson is the organization’s National Ambassador of Hope. The conference will meet in Las Vegas from May 17-19. WLSFA states on their site that they support Wilson for her choices and appreciate her for publicly sharing her struggles and feels Wilson has allowed others not to feel alone in their weight battles.
While we all want to see Wilson lick this struggle, we are so motivated by her endurance and choice to never quit fighting. For women everywhere, including her two young daughters for whom she models a healthy body image, Wilson says, “I am who I am and I celebrate where I am when I’m there.”
March 5th, 2013