Carnie Wilson has lap band surgery after earlier gastric bypass, bad idea?

We haven’t talked about Carnie Wilson much lately, but the last we covered her she was starring on “Celebrity Wife Swap” earlier this year. At that time, Carnie admitted that she was addicted to food and was a stress eater. She said she was “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?” (She also made some rude remarks about how well behaved Tracey Gold’s children were, which is why I’m not being more sympathetic to her.) One of Carnie’s earlier bad decisions was creating a cheesecake business out of her house, which cost her an endorsement job as a spokesperson for a diet delivery service in 2010.

Carnie famously lost 150 pounds after gastric bypass surgery in 1999, and kept it off for a few years, posing for Playboy in 2003. Then she drank too much, quit drinking, had two children and has admitted eating too much and ending up “fat as f@#k” (her words). Now she’s admitting that she had lap band surgery in January to try to lose the weight again.

The singer has revealed that she underwent lap-band surgery in January, reports People.

“It was the right decision for me and I’m doing really well so far,” Wilson tells the magazine. “It’s all about taking good care of yourself.”

The 43-year-old mother-of-two has already lost 30 pounds since having the procedure, which involves placing a silicone band around the stomach in order to minimize food consumption.

This is somewhat familiar territory for Wilson, who underwent gastric bypass surgery in 1999 and subsequently lost 150 pounds, only to regain some of it back later after becoming pregnant with her daughters, Lola, 6, and Luciana, 2.

Meanwhile, Wilson recently reunited with Chynna Phillips and sister Wendy Wilson to record a new Wilson Phillips album titled Dedicated (due out on April 3) as well as shoot Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On, the group’s upcoming reality show premiering April 8 on the TV Guide Network.

[From E! Online]

She may have had lap band surgery after she was on “Celebrity Wife Swap” and decided she needed a change if she was going to be back on television. It may seem like a “quick fix” to those of us unfamiliar with it, but a recent study found that half of all lap band patients have complications. So it may be technically “easy” to get the surgery, but it doesn’t sound easy to live with. Whatever she needs to do I guess. I’m thinking that she should really work on her addiction issues or this isn’t going to work out long term for her either.

Carnie is shown on 7-6-11 and 7-19-11. Credit: FameFlynet and Pacific Coast News

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  1. Mourning the Death of Music says:

    Unless she gets help to work on the mental issues of why she over eats, it doesn’t matter what sort of surgical aide she uses, the weight will come back.

    And this comment comes from a fat woman, so I have plenty of room to talk. 😛

    • Reece says:

      Yes! I’ve seen people go thru this and it does not work if your head isn’t in the right place.

    • Amanda G says:

      Exactly! I wonder what the success rate is on these surgeries? It seems that most gain back the weight after a few years because they didn’t deal with the addiction.

    • Mikunda says:

      How much does one need to eat though to put on 150 pounds? I was 103 when I was young, 25 years later I am 130 pounds. I overeat on a daily basis, I really eat a lot, and have no room for exercise in my daily schedule. I love sweets and chocolate. I can’t imagine how many meals a day she must have to get to that level after the gastric bypass. It really must be an addiction, but also p=good physical stamina. I would def pass out from super-overeating.

      • Shaz says:

        Everyone has a different metabolism and body type – you sound like you got lucky with yours! I have a doctor friend who says fat people often eat less than skinny people – once your blood sugar is high, everything is stored as fat rather than used for energy. Of course, some fat people do eat a lot of fast food and junk, but so do a lot of skinny people.

      • WillyNilly says:

        I’m the same way. I can basically eat whatever I want but only if I stay a little active (aka hit the gym a few times a month), although I am ‘skinny-fat’, which makes summer still pretty shitty.

        Everyone is different. My best friend is probably 60 lbs overweight and she eats way healthier than I do. Her sister, who is 30 lbs overweight is on a very strict diet, does Boot Camp, runs marathons and NOTHING comes off. It kills me because I know they both work really hard for it and it just doesn’t happen. The Gene Lottery can be a total bitch sometimes.

    • Exactly says:

      You are so right. She’s looking for the magic pill for body AND mind. This woman has no self discipline and NO self esteem. Extremely sad.

  2. renee says:

    I wish her the best. I had gastric bypass 8 years ago and lost 120lbs. I work as a volunteer for a WLS support group. Unfortunately, I have seen a lot of unhappy lap-band patients. I think it is not effective for morbid or super morbidly obese people. Usually, when someone is getting a second WLS it is from Lap-band to gastric or DS. People like the idea of lapband being less invasive and reversible. It is major surgery and lots of upkeep (getting fills) and is to cheat around.
    I thank God for WLS. I know people will post they know X amount of people with a lot of regain with WLS…but since I see people who come to support groups, religiously, i see mostly success patients.

    • SDRSR says:

      A lot of people criticize WLS, but they usually haven’t dealt with health issues due to weight. My mom had the mini gastric bypass and has come off 3 diabetes meds and 2 HBP meds, and is actually no longer considered diabetic.

      • ol cranky says:

        I actually had two people who worked for me who had gastric bypass/lapband, one of them was on their second surgery and the other had a third. The problem I saw with both of them (and this is coming from someone whose struggled with my weight since adolescence) was that post-surgery they still kept eating crap instead of changing their eating habits to including primarily healthy choices with an occasional small splurge. Breakfast (which they brought into work) and lunch were, religiously, from a fast food place (sandwich or b-fast meal with a small side of fries or has browns) and the small snacks they had were candy. The rationale was “we’re having smaller portions of these items” (a regular cheeseburger instead of a big mac, small fries instead of extra large) and they lost weight doing it so they never changed their dietary habits & didn’t start exercise of any kind because they didn’t need to in order to drop > 100 pounds each. I guess, at some point, they were able to start dealing with larger portion sizes and/or just had a lot of meals of the same quality over time because they both ended up needing to go through a repeat surgical procedure. To be honest, it used to frustrate the heck out of me to watch them and hear them talk about how much weight they were losing when I’ve been eating healthy and exercising and I’m lucy to drop a pound/month (drives my doc almost as batty as it drives me).

    • LeeLoo says:

      My experience is that it for many it is either earlier complications with gastric and/or not losing weight. With the lap band, I’ve heard of it having a far greater success rate in the long term than gastric bypass. The most common complication is that after the stomach shrinks the band becomes too tight and people lose too much weight and have the band loosened which requires more surgery.

      Like many have said, Carnie needs to deal with her psychological food addiction issues if she expects to have any long term success.

      • Leigh_S says:

        No surgery required to loosen/tighten a lapband, only It is done by removing injecting saline through a port that is placed under the skin. Only a needle required, allowing for very fine adjustments.

    • Raven says:

      Since you know about this, maybe you could explain this second surgery. GBS takes away much of your stomach. There’s barely enough there for a meal. So what does a lapband shrink? I read that the stomach could stretch if you overate, even with GBS, but isn’t cutting down the stretched version dangerous? It seems like there is only so much you could do without serious consequences.

    • DreamyK says:

      My mom got the lap-band when it was still a new procedure (2002-3). She lost 130lbs. She had to lose weight because she only had 1 kidney left after donating one to my dad. She lost the weight,had the lap band tightened to max, but still started to gain weight. She went up 30lbs and has been doing the HCG diet and Zumba to drop the extra lbs. She is only 10 lbs over her lowest weight since the lap band surgery almost 10 yrs ago. It definitely worked for her, but there were complications. During the surgery, her liver was nicked and they had to repair it. There were incidents of her eating food that she shouldn’t have (side eye to popcorn) that she almost choked on. I guess certain foods you can’t get all they way down or get them to come up? At any rate, she is healthier for having the surgery, but recently told me it was a lot of hard work, she did have to exercise, she did have to have multiple plastic surgeries to pick up all the loose skin on her abdomen, bat wings and turkey neck. She says it isn’t a cure all and no one should ever think of it that way. It’s simply a weight loss tool that has to be used appropriately.

      Carnie’s stomach has already been cut up. To put a lap band on top of a cut up stomach is asking for trouble. I disagree with her decision to lose weight this way. She has children she needs to think about. The lap band is an elective surgery, but it is still MAJOR surgery. I think she’s selfish. She needs to get therapy and stop stuffing with food and focus on her kids.

  3. TXCinderella says:

    She will never be a thinner person unless she changes her eating habits. She needs to get to the root of why she is an emotional eater and I’m sure most of it has to do with her Dad’s additions and mental health problems. I am also an emotional eater and stuggle with this every day. You have to completely change the way you view food and not use it as a crutch.

  4. mollie says:

    Cute dress. I like her and wish her the best.

  5. francesca says:

    I watched her on Celebrity Wife Swap and she came off as a very lazy and slovenly person. And she and her husband seem very disconnected. I don’t think lap band is going to fix any of that.

    • Holly says:

      Yes, that was a really enlightening look into her life.

      She had no structure in her life or home and offered almost none to her children. Her husband spent no time with his kids and slept elsewhere and usually only saw her when coming through the kitchen to get his dinner and then go back to his “studio.”

      I feel for her kids who have essentially no dad, and a mom with so many problems. I can’t imagine anyone with Carnie’s life, and the total lack of comfort other than through food, getting any healthier without going through serious therapy. She seems to have no support and certainly no one requires her to treat herself well, it’s sad.

      • Holly Hobby says:

        The Wife Swap episode is elightening. I think she is eating because her husband doesn’t really pay attention to her. The most telling part was when they were watching how in love Tracy Gold and her husband were. Carnie turns to her husband and says, you love me too right? I don’t remember what he said but it wasn’t a ringing endorsement.

        I do think her and her hubby should get some marital counseling. That guy just ignores his family. A shame.

        Carnie should also teach her girls to eat better because they looked like they were on the heavier side – especially the older girl. Carnie says she sees herself in the older girl.

  6. missy d says:

    she should try a 12 step program for food addicts like fa

  7. Leigh_S says:

    I have a lap-band and its probably the best decision I ever made.

    Has it made me skinny? No but I’ve lost 50lbs, kept it off and made major lifestyle changes since (started kickboxing, launched a business and gotten married)

    It works like a speed governer, you can only eat so much, so fast before the satisfied signals start to hit. At that point, it is up to you to recongize and stop eating.

    The fills are actually a great thing, it allows the band pressure to be tailored to the individual indefinitely.

  8. Lucy says:

    The only real “bad idea” is publicly stating that she was having weight loss surgery AGAIN.

    She’s not really in the public eye much now so why not wait and see if it works. Then when she’s dropped a lot of weight if she WANTS to announce that she dropped the weight via lap-band THEN say it. This just has disaster written all over it.

    • Holly Hobby says:

      She may not be in the public eye but she wants to launch herself back into it. That’s why Wilson Philips is making a reality show (ugh right!).

  9. Dee says:

    Seems dangerous. I hope she makes it worth the risk.

  10. Maritza says:

    She should try getting in the next season of DWTS like Kirstie Alley did, it helped her a lot. Carnie has such a pretty face, she would look really beautiful when she loses that weight.

    • Holly Hobby says:

      I don’t think she’s disciplined enough with the dance training. In Wife Swap she wasn’t pro organized and disciplined. She thought Tracy Gold’s kids were weird because they lived a structured life.

  11. Paula says:

    If she didn’t loose with gastric bypass what makes her thibk she will with lapband? You can eat alot of sliders with the lapband. Gastric was best , unless she has both!! lol.

    • ol cranky says:

      she DID lose weight – enough to pose for playboy, she just didn’t change what she was eating, didn’t keep up the exercise and started to slowly ignore the satiety signals to be able to eat more over time.

  12. Brittany says:

    My mom had her stomach stapled many years ago and gained all the weight back, plus about 150 pounds more. She begged me to pay for her to get the lap band bc her best friend got it and it worked well for her. The best friend didn’t have the psychological problems that my mom does, however, and actually exercises and eats well, both things that my mom absolutely refuses to do because ‘You don’t have to with the lap band.’
    These women need to realize that it’s a mental thing. No amount of surgery can help that.

    • gg says:

      I am sad for everybody caught in an unhealthy oversized body with food addiction issues. I am not obese but I’d sure love to lose about 30 pounds, don’t love the way that weight looks on me, and as hard as it is for me, who don’t have 100 more pounds to get rid of, I can only imagine how hard it is for somebody that much overweight.

      No matter what your size or whether you’ve had gastric surgery, the same axiom holds: There is no way around exercise being essential to losing weight, keeping it off, and thereby gaining the motivation to stop extraneous eating out of boredom, food addiction or stress.

      Gotta exercise, gals. No two ways about it.

      • marlee says:

        Same here. I am not obese, but am 5’5 and weigh 168 lbs…. luckily I carry my weight pretty well, as in no one seems to believe I ever weighed what I did (started dieting in November at 200 lbs.) It has been such a struggle to just lose these 30, but honestly, diet and exercise have been the least difficult part of it. It’s the mental struggle that you go through every day when you are a compulsive eater or food addict… especially when you don’t realize you HAVE mental problems.

        My heart aches for those people who have even more to go than I do. It’s one of those things where you don’t realize just how deep you’re buried until you spend 5 months digging yourself out, and you STILL have a long way to go. For me, it’s another 20. For some, it’s another 200. For her sake, I hope she is able to get some of the weight off with the lap band and that clears her head so that she can tackle the real issues…. her food addiction.

  13. jc126 says:

    I like Carnie Wilson. I think maybe she should try a low-carb way of eating, read Gary Taubes’ books and see if that works at all. I don’t know if you can eat low-carb with a lap band, I assume so.

    • Schnauzers!!! says:

      I went through every test, meeting, eligibility screenings etc…right up to lap band surgery, and chose not to have it. I wasn’t willing to risk the complications…I happened to meet a woman and her friends who formed a support group for failed bands. I heard their stories and WOW. No way.

      Anyway…the doctors group that I was going through suggested a very low carb diet with the lap band to reduce slider foods.

  14. Cathy says:

    Good Luck to her, I hope it helps.

  15. Cara says:

    Honestly Carnie, go to an Overeaters Anonymous meeting, and go back, find yourself a sponsor, and work through your addictions and recovery by the 12 step fellowship.

  16. daz says:

    just put the big mac down, learn some self control

  17. Moi says:

    I used to bill lap bands all the time for a Doc I worked for. I don’t really blame her for going with the lap band now. It’s an easier procedure and it’s a more technologically advanced procedure. You can also go back in any time to have the band adjusted.

  18. Happy21 says:

    I am always sympathetic to people with food/weight issues. I am considered overweight but its not overly noticeable because of how it is distributed. I have many friends who are pushing obese.

    I go to the gym about 3 or 4 days a week, walk 5 days a week and do the odd class or hike here or there. I eat fairly well but never deprive myself if I really, really want something.

    I have such a hard time with people just getting surgery to drop the weight or as in most of my friend’s cases, jumping on the easy weight loss bandwagon (fad diets, surgery). They do not exercise (none of them!) and they drop the weight and they think they are healthy!! They always gain it back though! I have one friend who lost 75 pounds and spent $5000.00 to have it all and then some come back. I am not the most disciplined person but I know what is good and what is bad. I know its all about changing your life, not just changing what you eat while you try to lose weight but nobody seems to care what I have to say. They’d rather not eat any carbs or whatever and then when they start eating them again, gain 20 lbs back!

    It bugs me to see someone like Carnie Wilson getting more than one surgery to try to lose weight. She needs to realize that there is obviously an underlying reason why she is eating what she is eating and how much.

  19. StaceyP says:

    Most people have the band and when they regain the weight, then they have the gastric bypass, this is the first person I’ve heard of who is doing it in reverse. I am three months post op with the RNY gastric bypass, I mostly did it for my diabetes which I had controlled for years and which was becoming uncontrolled. It has been great so far, the doctor tells me my diabetes is in remission, I’ve been taken off almost all the meds but one. It is not the ‘easy’ way as some people believe, you have to treat it as a tool and still eat properly and exercise if you want long term results. It just helps you get there.
    I am in Canada and in my province health care will only pay for the gastric bypass, they will not pay for the band because it has terrible long term statistics for regaining the weight. The surgery with the best long term weight loss statistics is the full RNY gastric bypass.

  20. Turd Fergussen says:

    I’ve always loved Carnie.

    I had Lapband 4 years ago and am 30 lbs heavier now than I was when I went in to surgery. It was a disaster, with complications that required a second surgery. Biggest mistake of my life.

    But let me perfectly honest: the reason WLS doesn’t work for quite a few people (including myself) is because it doesn’t fix what’s making you turn to food. Most fat people eat well past the point of being full (I do) and it most certainly is an addiction.

    Carnie is an addict, which is unfortunate because she has multiple addictions. She traded in food for alcohol at one point (I’ve been there, too) and now that she’s on the wagon, it’s back to food. I feel for her because I am there, too. I just suspect this Lapband won’t have the desired result (long-term, anyway) that she’s wanting. Because, simply, she hasn’t tackled the root of the problem. Surgery can’t fix that.

  21. anonymoose says:

    I like Carnie and I hope she gets healthy, for her sake, and for her kids’ sake. Best wishes to them!

    Also, I like her shapely legs, even at this weight. Her features are very pretty, even while obese.

  22. lucy2 says:

    I wish her luck, but like pretty much everyone else, I think if she doesn’t look at the issues beyond the food itself, nothing will work.
    It’s a tough addiction because unlike drugs or alcohol, you still need food to survive.

  23. hopperlea says:

    I used to like her before I saw how out of touch she is about her weight and her kids unhealthy eating habits.I must be the oddball here because I just think Carnie is lazy and wants to stuff her face full of food whenever she wants. She does not want to change. She just wants an easy way out and surgery is it. If she really cared about her eating then she would not purposely pass down her eating habits to her kids too. Ever watch her reality show or even Celebrity Wife Swap? I swear her kids would eat candy bars for breakfast if the nannies were not there. There are people out there who really want to change and make better choices for themselves and their family, Carnie is just not one of them. She wants to eat as much as she wants and then call foul. Just another ratings game.

  24. Sugarrbunny says:

    I am actually appalled that a physician would perform lap-band on someone who has previously had gastric bypass. Seems reckless & extraordinarily dangerous. She needs to work on why she overeats & not the quick fix, as let’s face it, she already knows THAT doesn’t work.

    I wish her health

  25. Agnes says:

    Seems like a lot of people look for a quick fix (a generalization, clearly) instead of changing their diets, exercising and working on their mental issues. It’s sad. And, clearly, rather dangerous. People think of going under the knife as routine when it’s everything but and refuse to do the only things that have been proven to work long-term (proper eating and exercise).

  26. Shannon says:

    Some people are just meant to be fat.

  27. JessSaysNo says:

    Here’s an idea! Stop getting surgeries and get enrolled into counseling to help with your obscene addiction to food. STOP EATING. START EXERCISING.

  28. jc126 says:

    You know, thinking about this more, it’s hard to believe that Carnie hasn’t done intense work and self-examination. i bet she has, in fact. I will echo my recommendation that she look into low-carb eating and read some of the more updated info on it. Maybe she is NOT simply addicted or weak willed – look at the stats on weight loss; do you really think EVERYONE is so weak willed – but is carbohydrate sensitive.

  29. jwoolman says:

    Not everyone who is carrying a lot of extra weight (even at the +100 lb level) is addicted to eating. It just takes a little imbalance between food ingested and calories spent in activity to add up over the years. Busy but sedentary schedules are enough to toss things out of kilter, especially for people who find it hard to eat under stress and so go too long without eating during the day – gets the body thinking you’re starving so it hangs on to every ounce. Many conditions that cause fatigue also can make such imbalances easy to acquire. You don’t have to be stuffing yourself with candy and cookies for it to happen. 

    People with more uniform fat distribution and not addicted to scales and “dieting” may not even realize how much weight they’ve added, especially if they are otherwise in good condition. But frequent dieters are actually likely to have more problems than the blissfully unaware, since yo-yo dieting is likely to cause damage and also will make it harder to convince your body that you’re not starving and it doesn’t have to keep storing so much fat…

    Anyway-often the problem isn’t obviously unhealthy eating or eating large amounts of food. It’s much more complicated. Besides schedule problems and the distraction of various responsibilities, hidden food allergies and pesticide intake can do a number on metabolic balance. So can thyroid problems or pre-diabetic conditions (which can be genetic). Hence people who deliberately restrict their calories and get a lot of exercise may still have trouble normalizing their weight. 

  30. khaveman says:

    As a person who is currently going through some “self-introspection” about other issues, I have to say that you need to get to the core of the mental and emotional reasons you do detrimental things to yourself and others before you can stop them. Hey, a lot of women put on weight after having their beautiful babies, so I understand the weight gain. I wish her so much success and I hope this surgery is in tandem with therapy.

  31. Norma says:

    She is good looking and has good hair and skin. She’d be stunning with the weight down.

    Her father was never there for her. Can’t have been an easy upbringing. I read he didn’t even know who she was at one concert…too out of it.

    that’s where low esteem starts…

  32. hanh says:

    There’s no point in doing weight loss surgery if she isn’t going to get a handle on her food addiction first. Otherwise its just putting her body through the trauma of surgery and drastic weight loss for nothing as it comes right back. Hopefully she’s working with a reputable surgeon who requires her to see a therapist before operating.

  33. Snowpea says:

    Her low self esteem is written all over her face. Her body language, her grimacing, her gait – it all points to a woman who has zero self worth. All that bingeing is her attempt to cover up a gigantic emotional hole inside of her the size of the Grand Canyon.

    I’ve said it before I’ll say it again. Growing up in Hollywood would suck big time.

  34. Paula says:

    She’ll gain it again after a while, it’s soo easy to eat cookies , ice cream on the lap band. She won’t keep it off. You’de think she would be embaressed to admit to another surgery for weight loss. She is ridiculous.

  35. mememe says:

    How about diet and exercise for a change.

  36. Paula says:

    She is lazy!

  37. Paula says:

    Here we go again! She should have kept her mouth shut. Now she sounds like an idiot.

  38. Bad choice… besides the height… and what else… we can see the wrinkles in Naomi’s face…I hope the accent is worth!!!Report this comment as spam or abuse