6 SHARON OSBOURNE
For Sharon Osbourne, surgery did not turn out to be the solution she was looking for. Osbourne reported that her weight fluctuated for most of her adult life, and she thought getting lap band surgery might stabilize it once and for all. She did not respond well to the procedure and she had to have it reversed.
7 STAR JONES
Star Jones kept her weight loss secret to herself until the results prompted her to admit that she underwent gastric bypass surgery in 2003. Although it took three years, Jones lost about 160 pounds. She later said that she kept her surgery secret for so long because she was fearful that it would not work for her.
8 JOHN POPPER
As the front man for the Grammy Award-winning group Blues Traveler, John Popper is certainly no stranger to being in the public eye. It may have been the heart attack he suffered in 1999 that prompted him to try gastric bypass surgery. He was then able to lose more than half of his previous 400-plus-pound body weight.
9 PATTI AUSTIN
This Grammy Award-winning singer actually was told by her doctor that her life was actually in danger due the the combination of being overweight as well as having diabetes and asthma. She opted for the gastric bypass procedure in 2004 and subsequently lost 140 pounds.
10 RALPHIE MAY
Although not quite as famous as some of the other celebs on this list, May’s case is extraordinary due to the amount of weight he lost. Once weighing in at around 800 pounds, May chose gastric bypass surgery and later lost some 400 pounds.