Singer Etta James underwent gastric bypass surgery in 2003. After the surgery, James stated that she had trouble keeping food down. She said, “I went through a depression. You’re doing well, and then all of a sudden you’re not. I thought I was going to fail.” After seeing the scale continuously drop, James felt a wave of success that motivated her to keep the weight off.
Age: Died at 73 (1938-2012)
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
Jesse Jackson, Jr.
Former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. underwent bariatric surgery in 2004. Jackson is rumored to have had a duodenal switch medical procedure to help with his weight.
Birthplace: Greenville, South Carolina,
Singer Jennifer Holliday was one of the first celebrities to try gastric bypass surgery when she underwent the procedure in 1990. Her mental and physical health were the motivating factors in Holliday’s decision to go under the knife.
Birthplace: Riverside, Texas
Opera singer Deborah Voigt had gastric bypass surgery in 2004, after she could not fit into an essential costume while performing at the at Royal Opera House that same year.
Birthplace: Wheeling, Illinois
Pro golfer John Daly underwent a Lap-Band procedure in 2008. The procedure briefly helped Daly’s golf game, but soon enough he felt that he had lost muscle amongst the weight loss.
Birthplace: Carmichael, California
Muhammad Ali’s daughter Khaliah Ali underwent Lap-Band surgery in 2008. She now works to fight obesity across the country.
British journalist Anne Diamond had a Lap-Band procedure in 2005. She had several surgeries and procedures before she actually started to see the weight loss that she desired. She says, “The fact remains, no matter what the adverts suggest, a gastric band or a bypass cannot turn you into Catherine Zeta Jones and propel you to Hollywood and a nice rich husband.”
Birthplace: Malvern, England