Carnie Wilson still over 200 pounds: ‘I’m looking forward to exercising’

Carnie Wilson and Tracey Gold and their families are starring on Celebrity Wife Swap in an episode to air tomorrow, January 3. As is expected for this show their families are polar opposites. Tracey and her husband have three boys and their household is very regimented and rule-oriented. Carnie has two girls and she and her husband are lax about discipline. So it could potentially be interesting to see how each of the moms deals with the other’s rules when they switch households for a week.

As part of promotion for the show, Carnie has a new interview with Fox News. Everyone focuses on Carnie’s weight since that’s what she’s made headlines for since she lost 150 pounds through gastric bypass in 1999 and posed nude for Playboy in 2003. It was in early 2010 that she got weighed on the Dr. Oz show and was described by Oz as “morbidly obese” at 218 pounds. To Fox, Carnie admits she’s gained a lot of weight and says she hopes to take it off this year. She admits she’s addicted to food and needs to learn better coping methods to deal with stress.

Carnie also said that she was nervous about putting her family on television and exposing them to scrutiny. I need to point out that this woman had her own reality show just two years ago. From what I understand it focused more on her than her kids, but I believe (I didn’t watch it) her family was shown on TV. So this is ripe that she’s super worried about it now.

Since last year’s hilarious appearance in ‘Bridesmaids,’ [Wilson Phillips'] career has been on an upswing. A reality show called ‘Still Holding On,’ will air in April, and concert dates and a new album in the works.

FOX411: Were you nervous about doing ‘Wife Swap’?
Carnie Wilson: Yeah I was actually. I was nervous for my children. Sometimes reality T.V. can be stressful. I didn’t want them to be exposed to any pressure or Hollywood weirdness. [My husband] Rob and I were a bit apprehensive. We knew it was going to get personal. We were going to be compared to their parenting styles, the marriage, the lifestyle, whatever. We knew we were going to feel a little bit vulnerable. We were willing to take the risk because something cathartic always happens, there’s always good lessons learned and you know it keeps me on T.V. and pays the bills.

FOX411: What did you learn?
Wilson: I could not believe how well behaved Tracey’s four boys are especially when they’re asked to do something.

FOX411: Did it make you realize your kids don’t do that?
Wilson: Oh yeah. I was like, ‘Oh s**t.’ We have loose rules. For me it’s like, ‘God, why do I have to ask you to do something four times?’ I know they’re not deaf, that they hear me. When Roby [Tracey Gold’s husband] asked his kids to do something they were like f**king trained seals.

Also it made me realize the most precious thing between Rob and I is that we have to stay strong and get stronger in terms of the way we honor each other. I realized that I have to slow down. I work so hard, I’m so busy. I realized that I don’t have enough time with Rob and when I saw the way Tracey and Roby are together, they keep that going so well.

FOX411: How is your weight these days?
Wilson: I’ve had so much stress in the last year so it’s really struggle. I never hide, when I walk down the street, someone’s going to take my picture, that’s what I look like. It’s usually a sh**ty picture. I’m definitely up in weight. I’m looking forward to getting an exercise routine again. It’s like a daily decision. Am I going to eat healthy today or am I going to make some sh**ty decisions?

I always think I am one of the the millions and millions of people that struggles with an addiction to food. I don’t know how to relax, that’s my problem. I can’t smoke a joint, I can’t have a glass of wine because I want 10 joints and 10 glasses of wine. That’s my obsessive compulsive and addictive behavior. I’ve really struggled since I’ve become sober. How do I balance that? How can I relax and not overeat? Because I have a lot of pressure in my life. I’m a working mother. I have a two year old and a six year old. You try to pay the bills, you try to keep your life going and there’s pressure. It’s kind of a funny time right now. Negativity has thrown a dark cloud over this whole country and I feel for everybody. I feel very blessed in my life but I also work my ass off. At the end of the day I don’t know how to unwind.

FOX411: Do you worry about how your eating issues impact your daughters?
Wilson: I find communication is the most important thing. Lola knows I struggle with it. I see Lola loving sugar like all the other children but I also see her pay a little more attention like when there’s a birthday party, I see her being the first in line to get the cake. I see me in her.

[From Fox News]

I’m glad she’s open about her weight battle and her career. It’s brave to let it all out and admit that she’s gained weight and that she’s doing these shows for money. That doesn’t mean I particularly like her. It’s so obnoxious to call someone else’s children “trained f’ing seals” just because they’re well behaved and listen to their parents.

Carnie is shown with bandmates Wendy Wilson and Chynna Phillips on 8-14-11. She’s also shown on 12-9-10. Credit: Header image via Wife Swap/ABC.

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  1. Alita says:

    Wow – I thought the header was a really bad pic of Tater Willis! Awkward!

    Edit – I mean the one used as the story pic on the homepage, but bottom pic in the story.

  2. Anastasia says:

    I don’t think she looks horrible. Probably if she just lost even 30 pounds, she’d look and feel a lot better.

    And yeah, I agree it’s insulting to refer to other people’s kids that way. We’re not at either end of the parenting spectrum, but probably closer to the Tracy Gold, rule oriented end. My kid’s not a trained seal, we just taught her to behave and have a healthy respect for our authority. She gets along quite nicely with other people because of it.

  3. Karen says:

    Celebitchy pretty much said everything I would say about this article. I will add that I have the same red silk blouse as Wendy Wilson in that pic of the Wilson/Phillips crew. It looks better on her :(

  4. SoCalGal in FL says:

    Excuses Excuses Excuses
    I struggle with where to begin here.
    She so obviously keeps her home filled with junk food…LOOK at her daughters! How can someone that has struggled with ‘morbid obesity’ for their whole life allow for her two innocent daughters to end up on the same path?
    You wanna pig out? Pig out on healthy food!!
    And the “trained f’ing seals” ??!! comment?? Bitter much?

    • blc says:

      That was my first thought too! She has her issues, obviously, but to pass them on to her daughters is beyond cruel. She should know how hard it is to be the fat girl and the lessons learned in childhood are extremely hard to break. So I think it is so terrible that she is feeding her kids garbage and allowing them to be heavy at such a young age. When a young kid is fat, it is never the kid’s fault, it is always the parents.

  5. Marjalane says:

    Her family picture made me sad. I get that it’s REALLY hard to control your weight and battle your addictions, but damn girl! Don’t ruin your daughters chance to lead healthy lives- kids learn from what their parents do- that’s what they think is normal. No matter how much attention is paid to bullying, a fat kid is still going to have a miserable experience in school, and everywhere else.

  6. kay says:

    Poor Lola. I would never disparage my daughter to anyone, let alone an article for a magazine.
    Because that’s what she did, “I see me in Lola” was NOT a compliment.


  7. lucy2 says:

    At least she’s admitting just wanting to pay bills and be on TV, but there have to be ways to do that without putting your kids on TV, especially if it’s something she’s (rightly so) worried about.

    • Alix says:

      There’s always acting and singing, which she used to do more of, but now, apparently, she’s a professional famewhore. Her weight problems have been paying the bills for years.

  8. anon33 says:

    I for one am BORED with this…all this chick ever does is gain weight and go cry on a TV show about it. How she’s “ready to make the changes” and “wants to change for good this time.”
    All she has done for the last 15 years is ride the weight merry go round. I can’t believe anyone in America even cares about her anymore, or that there is an audience for this show.
    Honestly she’s like Lohan for me in a certain way. She talks a big game at first, but she never actually changes-she always reverts to her old behavior, and once she does, it’s never her fault.
    Shut up Carnie.

    • Turd Fergussen says:

      Clearly you’ve never battled with your weight or felt so shitty about yourself and so out of control that you’ve had weight loss surgery. Well, I have. I’ve struggled with my weight since I was 8, and I know exactly what she’s talking about and going through.

      Addiction is no joke, no matter what you’re addicted to. How easy for you to sit and judge. You must be one of the few people on earth who handles all of their problems with total aplomb and grace 100% of the time. Kudos to you.

      • anon33 says:

        Actually Turd Fergusson, I have.

        I am 5’2 and at my heaviest I weighed 180 lbs. I am now at 120-130 and have kept it off for ten years. I also had breast reduction surgery because my breasts were 40Gs and again, 5’2, and I felt “shitty” about how I looked. I believe I’ve even discussed that on theses boards before.

        Additionally, over half of my immediate family are addicts of some kind, so I know a little something about how addicts behave too.

        This is not about her weight loss issues anymore, which was my point. Perhaps I didn’t make that clear. I didn’t mean to suggest that I am unsympathetic to weight loss battles, but rather that I am sick of how this particular “celebrity” uses said weight loss battles to stay in the public eye, and each time, she repeats the same cycle of stories in the media.

        That is why I compared her to Lohan-they both use whatever their (human, everybody has ‘em) issues are to support these rounds of “oh she’s hit bottom” “well now she’s doing really well and ready for a comeback!” stories. Yes, they both have genuine issues, but they both would rather exploit them for media attention and profit instead of seeking to actually change.

        This is about her famewhore issues, which she now uses her weight problems to feed. Not even remotely the same thing.

    • Carlotta Love says:

      I think the point that’s missing is that she really wants it to be true each and every time she plans (and talks about) losing weight. It’s a very human condition and she deserves credit each time she tries, regardless of circumstances.

      Besides, she’s not an a-hole like Lohan. She’s up front and honest about her struggle, her financial motivation and previous so-called failures.

      How about we give her a break and save our ire for the d-bags who never even try?

  9. DesertRose says:

    At this point, Carnie’s weight has more to do with her addictive personality than anything else. Normal, happy, healthy people don’t lose and gain massive amounts of weight every few years. It also makes me sad to see her overweight kids, it seems reasonable to assume that she is teaching her kids bad eating habits and passing on unhealthy attitudes towards food. I’m over reading about her and how she can’t get it under control. Either get healthy, or stay fat, just shut your mouth about it and don’t set your daughter up for a miserable life. Gross.

    ETA – at least if she smoked 10 joints she’d be so out of it she’d just go to sleep.

  10. Jackie says:

    she has obviously given her children her unhealthy eating habits, and now she is going to subject them to reality tv. good move…nice way to continue the cycle of shame for them.

    • Alix says:

      I also think that none of this dumb wife-swapping should take place in households with kids this young; it could be very traumatic for them.

  11. Turd Fergussen says:

    I have always adored this woman. (Her and Cher — go figure.) She is so honest and real. And I’ll tell you this: look at the picture of her with her sister (who’s gorgeous) and Chynna Phillips. Carnie looks pretty damn good. Chynna, the thin, used-to-be beautiful one, has aged horribly. That’s one thing about us fat girls: we usually age better than our skinny counterparts. :) Go Carnie!

    • DesertRose says:

      If you have extra weight, your skin stays nicer, fuller, less wrinkled for longer. My mom recently lost 50 pounds, and she went from being chunky and smooth-faced to be being thin and wrinkly. She’s saving money every month to pay for a face lift, that’s how off-putting it is to her. I think Carnie is a smoker, so if she ever does lose the weight for real, we may see some dramatic changes to her face.

  12. jc126 says:

    I don’t know what else this woman can do to fight her weight. I don’t if she’s even really addicted, exactly, it seems to me her weight might very well be genetic, not a symptom of a supposed moral failing. I’d give her a copy of Why We Get Fat and Good Calories, Bad Calories.

    • DrM says:

      The New York TImes has a really, really good article on weight, and weight loss and WHY it is so hard for some people to lose weight and keep it off. It would be instructive for some of the more nasty commenters here to go read some research into these issues. And before the predictable “what do you know” slags, I work in health research (hence the Dr). Most people who lose weight do not keep it off over the long term. Calling people ‘fat’ and ‘lazy’ simply highlights the ignorance of the name caller. Link enclosed…

  13. miss_bhaven says:

    Well, i’d be really pissed if I had to go and buy all new plus size clothing….what a let down. She is a beautiful girl and she can lose the weight again.

  14. Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

    It would be interesting to see Carnie and the Goopster in a reality show.

  15. Palermo says:

    Sadly both her girls are looking chubby already. This surgery clearly didn’t change her eating habits permanently.

  16. Melissa says:

    Adele is a beautiful big girl and so is Carnie. They have the pretty faces to get by. Maybe it’s bad to use Adele as a role model for body size, but she’s made me a little more relaxed about the whole size battle.

  17. Patricia says:

    Oh lord Chynna’s face looks completely unrecognizable. She used to be so beautiful. What a shame.

    Wendy and Carnie look great. Good for them not over doing the plastic surgery etc.

  18. holly hobby says:

    I’m more annoyed that she is feeding her kids crap because they look like they are overweight.

  19. kristiner says:

    She’s the one letting her daughter pig out. Lola is how old? She’s a little hefty for her age. Look at her little stomach. That little potbelly isn’t baby fat anymore. After like age 3 it’s just a child getting hefty and before she knows it, Lola will be 10 and obese for her age and size. She’s the adult. Tell Lola NO!

    This is why you have kids BEFORE weightless surgery. She got skinny then got married and had kids. She didn’t know that would happen but the kids definitely made her put the pounds back on and not let them go because she has excuses now to not have anymore control.

  20. Gigohead says:

    I hope my sister doesn’t fall into the Carnie Wilson diet trap. She recently had gastric bypass and has lost a good deal of her weight. But the bypass doesn’t remedy poor eating habits and if you continue to eat the same way, you will gain it back.

    Carnie’s weight now is manageable if she puts the energy to lose it. She can be ok if she loses even 30 lbs with eliminating sugar and baked goods. Seems Carnie likes to bake sweets and that’s what’s contributing to the weight gain.

  21. ShanKat says:

    Ugh, she reminds me of me when I was fat.

    It’s especially egregious to use the f-bomb about Tracey’s kids because Tracey doesn’t talk like that. She has a beautiful family, and she & Roby are good, hardworking, and loving parents. But man, are they straight.

    Maybe Carnie should just accept that she’s a chunkster 4 lyfe and get on with it. I hope her girls manage to avoid the addiction and eating cycles, but, looking at them and reading about how lax discipline is in their family…it doesn’t look good.

  22. JessSaysNo says:

    OK she pisses me off. Many people struggle with weight and most non-famous people do not get to get gastric bypass but she did and she blew it.

    Get therapy and stop being addicted to food, its sad to me. I struggled with weight loss too and I started working out and changed my relationship with food so now I’m a normal weight and feel great. I can’t believe she has gained so much weight after choosing that major surgery. It’s sad but I feel her kids will follow in her footsteps of finding comfort in food, not exercising, and being dangerously obese. I hope not, but it seems likely with Carnie as a role model…

  23. Cirque28 says:

    We all love a nice, simple Hollywood ending where someone gets cured of their problem and that’s it, end of story, bring on the happily-ever-after. But life is not really so black and white and many issues are more managed than fixed.

    For someone like Carnie, any day that she doesn’t weigh 300 pounds is a pretty good day. Any day that her body is able to do the activities she wants to do — no matter what she looks like doing them — is a pretty good day. The woman has a monkey on her back. Should she give up and be satisfied at 200-something? Hells no. She should keep fighting. But she already knows that, and she is.

  24. whatevs says:

    I didn’t even know that she lost the weight for a while. Anyway she is living proof that those gastric bypass surgeries are worth naught–unless you are immovably morbidly obese you shouldn’t get them. They change people’s psychology in a way that they can’t accept themselves after the surgery. And it also causes loss of valuable muscle tissue and perhaps even organ tissue which can be fatal. Not to mention sagging skin and a risky operation. And she did naught to change her lifestyle or the way she feels about food. She’s so foolish she did not try to work on her self discipline at all. Why? she can afford therapy. Anyway this must be damn difficult for her. I do feel sorry. this reminds me of the young kids on tv who get gastric bypass and get really thin but have saggy skin underneath the clothes and go to restaurants and eat compulsively. you can tell that they will be fat again. sad.

  25. eternalcanadian says:

    Oh wow! What happened to Carnie? She had the GBS, lost loads of weight and seemed happy. Now this? Correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought a GBS makes your stomach smaller or something and you can’t eat much or you’ll either shit it out or throw it up? How did Carnie get so large again?

    And to call Tracy’s kids “trained seals” when her own kids basically are out of control is a bit hypocritical. It’s called manners and being polite, not “trained seals.” I am amazed how many children have no manners and are bullies or rude. It’s especially awful in stores and restaurants when kids throw tantrums or run around and the parents don’t do anything.

    Even so, Imma watch that show just to see what the fuss is about!

    • lbeees says:

      Yeah, the thing with GBS isyou can stretch yourstomach back out by overeating. I don’t know anything about her, and I hope she gets healthy for herself, her kids, and her husband.

      To do that she needs to try some cog-behavioral therapy to retrain her brain and increase self-control.

    • Holly Hobby says:

      I actually watched last night’s episode. Carly is really rude. Her comments about Tracy, her kids, their routine were not particularly nice. Tracy had more tack. She didn’t put down Carly’s lifestyle like Carly constantly did about Tracy’s.

      I think Carly’s marriage isn’t all that. Her husband basically ignores her and stays in his studio. At one point in the episode, Carly cried and said she wished she had a relationship like Tracy and her hubby.

      I remember when Carly asked Tracy, did Rob talk about me? And Rob just sort of had this panicked look on his face until Tracy said, oh yes he did. Perhaps she’s eating because of her marriage? She basically acts like a single mother since her husband doesn’t interact with the family.

  26. A~ says:

    Holy cow. The sanctimonious bs is in full force. People saying they’re better parents, and people saying that all she has to do is. . (insert platitude).

    Here’s a little article to help you all with your superiority complexes about gaining back weight. There’s clear scientific evidence that after weight loss, the body FIGHTS to get back to its previous weight.

    • Callumna says:

      Playing Devil’s advocate here, she did say she’s “looking forward” to exercising which means decades of selling her diet and exercise routine still have her not … exercising?

      Okay, fine. But you do choose to do or not do that.

      She also said her kids don’t listen to her while other kids do.

      And she’s the one selling all this information for attention and bucks.

      At what point is what she eats, when she exercises and how she parents within her control? She can control some of that can’t she?

      But more than that when you yourself make those the only subjects of 10-15 years of blogs, interviews and t.v. shows I have to say you should expect some comment on those things. That’s kinda her choice.

    • jc126 says:

      I know – you’d think Carnie Wilson had done heroin with her kids or something, or sold her children into slavery, with the moralistic tone a lot of these posts are taking. To contrast, I didn’t see nearly this amount of sanctimoniousness with a recent item about Robert Downey Jr., who did do heroin and woke up in a kid’s bedroom. Just saying. And I love RDJ, ftr.
      Nothing brings out the condemning tone like a fat woman.
      I recommend everyone reads a copy of Good Calories, Bad Calories before they start telling us how immoral the morbidly obese are.

  27. flojo says:

    seems like a very down to earth person. There is no pretense about her. I am sorry she was not able to keep the weight off after her surgery. Overeating is also a mental problem .One thing is that she has this wonderful, relaxed personality that lets one look beyond the obesity. Hopefully she will get back “on the wagon”and drop at least 50# and stick to it? Tracey on the other hand, looked anorexic. That only ages a person as had been said. Good Luck Carnie

  28. rachael says:

    Morbid obesity is a choice. A morbidly obese person is that way due to lifestyle & food choices. Our actions and choices have consequences. The way this woman talks about herself, her family, other people,her addictions is childlike and immature. She clearly has never grown up. Sadly, her girls are on their way to morbid obesity (if not already there). Their mother is teaching them how to live by example. What a awful example she is… I feel for those girls.

  29. shelley says:

    While I don’t agree with Carie’s house looking like that especially when she has all that help, I don’t understand bashing her for her weight. What she weighs has nothing to do with what kind of wife and mother she is. I think her youngest daughter is way too attached to the nanny.
    I also can’t believe no one has mentioned how self satisfied Tracey Gold is. Her smirking smiles about how wonderful her life is really turned me off especially when u can google her name and see that she has had her share of problems with alcohol in the past. Good for her if she has gotten past it but she just seems like she thinks her sh** doenst stink…

  30. Terry says:

    what a freaking pig she is. does she think her farting in public is funny??

  31. anonymoose says:

    (I don’t know who Tracey G is), but
    Carnie is beautiful and I wish her improved health (inside and out).