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In Australia we have a great fascination with celebrities. We follow our favourites on social media and read about them in trashy magazines, and in a strange way we even come to think of them as ‘friends’. However, Australia, as a country, also struggles with obesity and weight loss.
Here are 7 celebrity bariatric surgery stories designed to inspire you on your weight loss journey.
1) Chris Christie
US presidential hopeful, and current New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, underwent gastric banding surgery in 2013. In April 2015 he told Today, “it’s the best thing that I've ever done for my health. And I look back on it now and wish I'd done it years ago. "
2) Anne Rice
Highly respected gothic fiction writer, and author of the best-selling Vampire Chronicles, Anne Rice, had gastric bypass surgery in 2003 after weighing in at 115 kg. Following weight loss surgery she lost a total of 46 kg.
3) Randy Jackson
In 2003, former American Idol judge Randy Jackson had gastric bypass surgery. In 2008 he told WebMD, "Liquid fasts. Bee stings. Urine of pregnant women. You name it. I have tried it. The problem is that those diets don't work for people who have the disease of obesity."
4) Roseanne Barr
Iconic comedian, Roseanne Barr, underwent gastric bypass surgery in the late 1990’s but regained weight initially. However, in 2014 she was seen showing off a decidedly slimmer figure. She told the entertainment news site, Closer Weekly: "I went to the doctor yesterday and I thought I lost 12 lbs (5.5 kg). I’d lost 35 lbs (16 kg) and I thought I only lost 12. So that was kind of cool."
5) Sharon Osbourne
Talk show host, reality television star, and all-round professional celebrity, Sharon Osbourne, had gastric band surgery in 1999, losing more than 45 kg.
6) Diego Maradona
Argentine football legend, Diego Maradona, underwent gastric bypass surgery in Colombia in 2005. Before surgery Maradona is rumoured to have weighed as much as 130 kg.
7) Joe Hockey
Former Australian treasurer and recently retired Liberal party stalwart, Joe Hockey, had gastric sleeve surgery in 2012 after battling with obesity for his whole life. Following weight loss surgery Hockey has successfully shed more than 30 kg.