Al Roker underwent gastric bypass surgery in 2002. Roker has been very open about his decision to have the procedure. Roker went on to run the New York City marathon in 2010.
Birthplace: Queens, New York City, New York
Gothic fiction author Anne Rice underwent gastric bypass surgery in 2003 after falling into a diabetes-induced coma in 1999. She lost over 100 pounds.
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana
Singer Carnie Wilson had gastric bypass surgery in 1999. She had the procedure filmed and aired across the internet. After gaining weight over the passing years, Wilson went under the knife again in 2012, this time for Lap-Band surgery.
Birthplace: Bel-Air, Los Angeles, California
Comedian Ralphie May underwent gastric bypass in 2003. He has been very open about his decision to have the procedure, which helped him drop over 300 pounds.
Birthplace: Chattanooga, Tennessee
R&B singer Patti Austin underwent gastric bypass surgery in 2004 and dropped over 100 pounds.
Birthplace: Harlem, New York
Celebrity chef Graham Elliot had sleeve gastrectomy surgery in 2013. He said he made the decision to have the procedure to benefit his family, after reaching nearly 400 pounds.
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington
Comedian Lisa Lampanelli had Lap-Band surgery in 2012. She is thrilled that she lost over 100 pounds thanks to the procedure, but she has also adopted a healthier lifestyle. “The reason anybody overeats, drinks, gambles or shops is the emotions kick in and you run to something to fill that emotional hole. I’ve been working on that for years but it was never kicking in, so I thought if I got the weight out of the way it would be like a big do-over,” Lampanelli says.
Birthplace: Trumbull, Connecticut