Carnie Wilson has gone public with the news that she has had weight loss surgery a second time. This time it’s lap-band surgery. The singer and member of the recently reunited trio Wilson Phillips was famously candid in 1999 about her gastric bypass surgery, which she credited as a life-saving decision; as her weight had exceeded 300 pounds and she was able to lose 150 pounds.
As People Magazine reports, she underwent the lap-band surgical procedure on January 18, 2012.
“It was the right decision for me and I’m doing really well so far,” Wilson tells PEOPLE. “It’s all about taking good care of myself.”
The article goes on to note that despite success with gastric bypass she later was unable to lose weight after the two pregnancies and birth of her two children. She is in the public eye once again with the forthcoming Wilson Phillips album, Dedicated, out in early April, as well as a reality TV series, Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On, on the TV Guide network.
FoxNews.com sheds additional light on her weight-loss struggles:
Earlier this year, she told Fox411 that her weight was back up again and that it was a daily struggle for her.
“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. “
“Having children derailed me a bit,” Wilson, who has two daughters with husband Rob Bonfiglio told People. “I’m just frustrated with these pounds.”
Overcoming food addiction is challenging, and the addiction is real as the latest studies reveal that fat, sugar and salt have the same impact on the brain as cocaine. But a second surgery begs the question, is it safe? The New York Daily News interviewed an expert:
Dr. Larry Gellman, co-director of Bariatric Surgery at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, L.I., said that some patients undergo a second surgery if the “pouch” that’s created during gastric bypass surgery stretches or there is a physical problem that’s impeding weight loss.
“The patient would have to meet certain criteria,” he said.
The surgery is a weight-loss tool, not a magic bullet, Gellman says. If a patient continues to eat high-calorie foods and not exercise, the weight will creep back on, he noted.
He goes into a great deal more detail on risks and drawbacks; see the full article at NYDailyNews.com.
He brings out some good points about the importance of the diet and lifestyle choices. Ultimately no matter how small the stomach may be, food addictions can persist. So no doubt, Carnie Wilson is facing a real battle in overcoming the addiction. Whether one chooses surgery or non-surgical approaches — such as the highly regarded Rice Diet program — I believe first and foremost we must have empathy and concern as they are facing possibly life-threatening health concerns.
Find out more about the particulars of Carnie Wilson’s second weight loss surgery in the video below.
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