14. Khaliah Ali
Even if you don’t know who she is, you’re undoubtedly at least familiar with her name. The daughter of Muhammad Ali struggled with her weight for a good portion of her life. Eventually, she topped the scale out at more than 300 lbs. At that point, she made the decision that something drastic had to be done. That is when she chose to get weight loss surgery and she really hasn’t looked back since then.
15. Graham Elliot
It might not surprise you that a chef would also love to eat. After all, most people think the two go hand-in-hand. In this particular case, the celebrity chef had a difficult time controlling his desire for food. Diets only work if you’re able to stick to them, and sometimes it just isn’t a possibility. Eventually, he decided that this type of procedure would be his only option and he made the decision to go ahead and have it done. Today, he is a much healthier and happier individual because of his decision to take charge of his weight gain and do something about it.
16. Lisa Lampanelli
People have a tendency to think that comedians are always funny. After all, they’re funny when they’re on stage, just like Lampanelli. Most comedians will tell you that they are far from funny all the time. If you really stop and think about it, no one can be funny all the time. It just isn’t possible. However, there is something much darker that is usually involved in these particular cases. The overwhelming majority of people that are really funny have developed that sense of humor as a way of dealing with terrible things that have happened in their lives. Some people would even consider these individuals as being damaged. It seems like the more difficulties they went through in their lives, the more they’re able to turn that into something that makes an audience laugh. However, that doesn’t mean that they’re always okay with it all. Unfortunately, comedians usually struggle with a lot of very dark emotions and sometimes those emotions push them to the breaking point. In Lampanelli is case, the emotions caused her to eat in order to try to feel better. Fortunately, she realized the struggle she was in and made a decision to do something positive in order to change it.
17. Lauren Manzo
Being on a show like The Real Housewives of New Jersey can’t be easy. Nobody really knows how much of that stuff is completely scripted and how much of it is ad-libbed, but the drama never seems to stop. Billed as a reality TV show, people seem to flock to this type of drama for one reason or another. Manzo herself admits that she had drama in her own life, which is largely how she became overweight in the first place. Fortunately, she was capable of recognizing this and learning how to make healthier choices.
18. Mama June Shannon
Years ago, there was a television show that would air about young people that were involved in beauty pageants. This is where people got their first taste of Mama June. Her daughter was in a lot of the pageants and she would regularly appear on the show. At the time, she was extremely overweight and the problem just seemed to be getting worse season after season. At some point, she was approached about doing another television show that would chronicle her weight loss after surgery. She agreed to do it, and she has lost a tremendous amount of weight. Most people could look at two pictures of her side by side, one before the surgery and one after the surgery, and not even realize that they’re looking at the same individual.
19. Gabourey Sidibe
If you watch the television show Empire, you’re familiar with her work. She struggled with weight throughout her entire life and no matter what choices she made, the situation never seemed to get any better. Eventually, she decided that weight loss surgery would be the only option she would have in order to live a healthy, normal life. She has lost quite a bit of weight, but she hasn’t lost as much as most people would expect after a procedure like this. Unfortunately, there are a small number of individuals that have the surgery done and then either struggle to lose weight or end up gaining most of it back anyway. With that being said, there is always hope that she will be able to get her weight problem under control, just so she can be healthy.
20. Star Jones
There was a time when Star Jones was very heavy. That’s been several years ago. She decided to have weight loss surgery and she has lost so much weight that she both looks and acts like a completely different woman. This is good news for her as far as health is concerned. However, she used to be a much more approachable and compassionate person, or at least that’s how it appeared. It seems like the weight loss surgery boosted her confidence, even to the point of making her difficult to be around. She has unfortunately gained a reputation as one of the more difficult individuals in Hollywood and as a result, most people don’t really want to work with her any longer. Of course, who knows what really precipitated the issue or who is truly at fault. In Hollywood, it’s always somebody else’s fault.