A couple of weeks ago I heard that Carnie Wilson had Lap-Band surgery. Having had Gastric Bypass surgery 12 years prior, she gained about 2/3 of the weight back. She recently decided to have lap-band on top of her gastric bypass (Band over Bypass).
Here are my thoughts:
- Carnie Wilson is not giving up, but she is doing what she can to take control of her health. I know that she is receiving a lot of criticism for this. The struggle with weight is so difficult! Until you've been in her shoes I don't think anyone can judge her. So many people struggle with all kinds of addictions and most of them hide it pretty well. Unfortunately when you struggle with food addiction everyone knows it. So instead of going back to the way things were before, she is doing whatever she can to get better. Sure, she may still have issues with food, but hopefully she will learn more about herself and be able to work through some of her issues through this process.
- Weight Loss Surgery is not the "easy way out"! I think we can really take from her struggles that weight loss surgery in and of itself is not the answer. Many people are very successful with having weight loss surgery, but a lot of people gain a significant amount of weight back or never lose the amount of weight they want to. Hopefully her story will open people's eyes to the fact that just having weight loss surgery alone does not "solve" your problems or make your addictions go away. You have to approach having weight loss surgery as a tool to help you get there, but you also have to be ready to make some major lifestyle changes to your diet and exercise routine. Because she is being open about her struggle hopefully people that are considering having weight loss surgery will realize that just because you have the surgery doesn't mean that it will fix all your problems and you'll just lose the weight. You still have to make good food choices and you still have to exercise regularly to see long-term success. It really is a mental battle and you really have to be ready to fight.
- There is no finish line. Just because she lost all the weight and got down to her goal, doesn't mean that she's done. It's easy to fall back into your old eating habits and slowly begin to reintroduce bad foods back into your diet and stop exercising. I think this is a good reminder for all of us who are in the process of losing weight or who have made it to our goal weight that we need to be very intentional about maintaining this new healthy lifestyle or it will be so easy for the weight to just creep back on.
I've included her interview on the Today show below for those who didn't get to see it.
What are your thoughts about this?