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Sharon Osbourne Bariatric Surgery

Sharon Osbourne Bariatric Surgery

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While Sharon Osbourne has long been a force in the rock world as the wife and manager of Ozzy Osbourne, she became a household name in the early 2000s when her wacky family was featured on MTV's The Osbournes. The outrageous family dynamic took America by storm and its first season quickly became the most watched series in MTV history. During the show, Osbourne made waves with her atypical parenting skills and her crass way of dealing with Ozzy. What many viewers didn't see, however, was the weight struggle that she had dealt with for most of her life. Prior to filming The Osbournes in 2002, she underwent bariatric surgery to finally put an end to her obesity.

A Lifelong Weight Struggle

Never one to be silent about her opinions, Obsourne has frequently opened up about her weight struggles, specifically in her memoir Extreme, which chronicled her tumultuous relationship with her father and her husband. In the book, Osbourne noted that she had always felt that being overweight was a part of her persona. She also detailed how her difficult childhood played a role in her weight issues and her decision to undergo weight loss surgery in 1999. Following the LAP-BAND® System procedure, Osbourne lost an estimated 125lbs. By the time her reality show hit the airwaves, those who hadn't seen Osbourne before wouldn't have guessed that she used to be overweight. In fact, it was her two children, Kelly and Jack, who frequently received criticism about their weight and health.

But although Osbourne appeared to be at a healthy weight following her bariatric surgery, the TV personality admits that it was still an ongoing struggle. While patients who undergo LAP-BAND® System surgery are supposed to remain on a rigid diet following the procedure, Osbourne admitted to cheating herself. By 2006, she had already gained back 15lbs and told People magazine, "I keep trying to eat more and more ... I'm a pig." It was this realization that led Osbourne to undergo a LAP-BAND® System reversal operation in December of 2006. While she notes that bariatric surgery helped her lose weight and keep it off for several years, Osbourne felt that it was important to deal with the psychological issues that were causing her to overeat. "I have to figure out why I do what I do to myself," she told People magazine. Since removing the band, Osbourne's weight has fluctuated, though she has never reached her original weight.

What is Gastric Banding?

Gastric banding surgery refers to weight loss surgery procedures that use a band to reduce the size of the stomach. This effectively decreases the amount of food that a person can take in daily, therefore reducing their calorie intake and helping them lose weight. LAP-BAND® System surgery is a relatively new procedure that is recommended for patients who are severely overweight and have been unable to lose weight through traditional methods such as diet and exercise. While gastric banding surgery has cosmetic benefits, its most important use is reducing the risk for weight-related health issues including heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Although LAP-BAND® System surgery can be a successful way to lose weight, it is not a quick fix. Patients who undergo the surgery are expected to make significant lifestyle changes in order to reap the full benefits of the surgery. This includes consuming a healthier diet and incorporating exercise into daily life.

Learn More About Bariatric Surgery

For patients who struggle with obesity, undergoing bariatric surgery can have a significant impact on overall quality of life. If you are interested in learning more about weight loss surgery, including the risks, benefits, and if you are a good candidate, contact a bariatric surgeon near you.

Image Source: Sharon Osbourne before/after surgery.

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