Comedian Roseanne Barr has been one of the funniest women in American comedy since the late 1980s. As the star of the TV sitcom Roseanne, Roseanne always had a plus-size personality, but for most of her time on the hit TV series she also was morbidly obese, but never afraid to poke fun at her weight. in 2018, long-time fans of the sitcom were surprised to see a much slimmer Roseanne on the new series reboot. How did Roseanne achieve such a stunning celebrity weight loss transformation? Did Roseanne have secret bariatric weight loss surgery?
Like her Roseanne co-star John Goodman, Roseanne Barr has been overweight throughout her TV career. Thanks to her sassy, outspoken TV character who never shied away from jabs about her weight on the show, many fans assumed that Roseanne didn't mind being "fat." However, while the show was on the air in the 1990s, Roseanne's weight reportedly peaked at around 350 pounds, causing the star mounting concern about the health risks associated with her heavy weight. Like many woman, Roseanne's weight fluctuated from season to season, but it wasn't until after her TV series concluded its 9 season stint that she was finally able to lose 200+ pounds. How did Roseanne achieve this weight loss? Did she have secret bariatric weight loss surgery?
After the finale of Roseanne in 1998, Roseanne Barr elected to have bariatric gastric bypass surgery to help achieve healthy, lasting weight loss. While many celebrities keep weight loss surgery a secret, Roseanne Barr spoke openly about her choice to have weight loss surgery, which was still a relatively new and cutting-edge procedure in the 1990s. "I had my entire digestive system removed, so I should look thinner," she joked. As a result of losing so much weight, Roseanne also chose to have cosmetic surgeries, including a breast reduction and a tummy tuck to remove excess skin.
As everyone who has lost weight knows, maintaining lasting weight loss is often much harder than losing weight in the first place. Like TV personality Al Roker who also underwent gastric bypass surgery, Roseanne admitted to regaining some weight back after her gastric bypass surgery. As her weight fluctuated up and down in the years post-surgery, Roseanne proved that lasting weight loss is truly a journey that requires perseverance, self-reflection and adopting of new habits and lifestyle. When asked what her ultimate weight loss secret was, Roseanne couldn't resist the opportunity to make a joke in classic Roseanne style. "Crack!! I'm doing crack," she teased in a 2014 interview, then adding, "But seriously, I'm just doing the things you're supposed to do... you know, moving more and eating less." Roseanne has also tried switching to a vegetarian diet and adds that striving for slow, steady weight loss has worked better for her than the crash diets she tried in the past.
With a long road to healthy weight loss behind her, Roseanne Barr is an inspiration to women across America interested in achieving healthy, lasting weight loss. While Roseanne has tried bariatric surgery and fad diets to speed up the weight loss process, she has also learned over the decades that eating right and exercising more are the simplest and most effective methods to use for achieving a healthy weight. We hope that Roseanne continues to inspire American women on her weight loss journey, overcoming setbacks by continuing to strive toward her goal.
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