Sharon Osbourne ‘Felt Like A Cheat’ After Gastric Bypass Surgery


Dieting, Bariatric Surgery vs. Healthy Weight Loss

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Outspoken TV personality Sharon Osbourne recently revealed that she felt ashamed about losing weight after surgery.

“I felt (like) such a cheat when I had that band on my stomach,” she said, referring to her 1999 gastric bypass procedure, which left her feeling constantly nauseated.”

The former X Factor UK judge – who is married to Ozzy Osbourne and has children Aimee, Kelly and Jack – explains that she felt like a ‘cheat’ after gastric bypass surgery because she didn’t lose the weight healthfully.

In 2006, Osbourne got the band removed and is now on the low-carb Atkins diet, although she still occasionally ‘cheats.’

“I’d be fibbing if I said I don’t cheat because I do cheat,” she confessed. “I cheat a lot on my diet. We all do, but I don’t guilt myself out because the next day I’ll start with my Atkins breakfast sandwich and I’m right back on it.”

Question: Are diets – Atkins included – really healthy weight loss methods?  We’ve seen plenty of women at Green Mountain who would testify to the opposite.

Dieting Is Actually The Opposite Of Healthy Weight Loss

Dieting can actually cause you to gain weight and damage your self-esteem in the process.  That’s why we sponsored the Healthy Weight Week this year, which is an educational event to help change public perception that weight determines health and that dieting is a viable health solution. Instead, we encourage women to learn how to manage a healthy weight through a non-diet program and declare their independence from dieting.

The Diet Mentality

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Osbourne’s words reflect a prevalent diet mentality which is a cycle of restrictive dieting, cravings and ‘cheating’ which almost guarantees defeat for the dieter and frequently ends in self-loathing. Many women feel guilt and shame about their inability to lose weight successfully and feel like failures if they can’t ‘stick’ to their diet and eat something ‘bad.’

Medical Professionals Warn About Atkins Health Risks

Women may see Osbourne as a role model and want to try Atkins, but many concerned medical professionals warn about the health risks associated with the Atkins diet:

The American Heart Association, American Dietetic Association, and the American Kidney Fund have all published statements warning about the various dangers associated with low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), has been speaking out about the dangers of high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets since its founding in 1985.

These diets also typically accelerate calcium losses and have led major health organizations to raise important questions about their possible contribution to heart problems, kidney abnormalities, osteoporosis, and other health problems.
(Source: Atkins Diet Alert)

Osbourne, Paid Atkins Spokeswoman, Now ‘Cheats’ Without Guilt

The healthiness or unhealthiness of Atkins aside, it was curious to me why Sharon Osbourne would feel guilty about ‘cheating’ with gastric bypass surgery yet doesn’t feel any guilt ‘cheating’ on the Atkins diet. Then, after seeing this YouTube video (below), I learned that she’s become a paid spokeswoman for Atkins.

Genuine or no, Osbourne’s recent confession now looks to me more like a garden-variety media opportunity to plug Atkins as a ‘healthier’ alternative to weight loss surgery, despite well-known medical concerns. And, however uniformed or misguided, Osbourne is also perpetuating a diet mentality that many women end up struggling against for years.

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How refreshing would it be to see a celebrity speak out against the harmful effects of dieting, which is not only a physically and mentally unhealthy way to manage weight, but also not a very successful long-term method for most. But I guess there’s no one to really sponsor that message!

2 responses to “Sharon Osbourne ‘Felt Like A Cheat’ After Gastric Bypass Surgery”

  1. A topic near and dear to my heart, however, I am personally so very tired of celebrities and their need to speak out about “dieting”. There is a big difference between “dieting” and someone who is morbidly obese and needs weight loss surgery. Sharon Osbourne is like every other celeb being paid to say something, then change her mind and say something else later. If she “cheated” on her “diet” after weight loss surgery, she will always “cheat” – too bad for her. It’s too bad the success stories of those who have had WLS and changed their lives permanently aren’t on television commercials. Indeed there are healthy choices to make with food to lose weight, but the fact of the matter is, some people just need bigger help. I also feel the word “diet” is misused. The word was developed to sort of describe the method of what we eat, but unfortunately, medias have made it out to assume “crash” or “fad” and that’s not the case. I regret that Mrs. Osbourne’s statements have taken on such a spark – truly, she is just another woman and while she has the right to express her feelings, I feel she is a very poor representation of the potential to change your life with weight loss surgery.

  2. Laura Brooks says:

    Thanks for your response, Candid Courage! Everyone’s body is different, and we believe that a non-diet approach is great way to for many women to find and maintain a healthy weight that is right for them. Even before or after a weight loss surgery, a non-diet approach to weight management may be very helpful for lasting success (/our-program/special-health-issues/gastric-bypass-lapband-surgery/). For most, diets are not a healthy way to achieve permanent weight loss and can actually cause weight gain, so I think it is unfortunate when a celebrity chooses to sponsor a diet for weight management. In the end, it may only raise false hopes and make women feel like failures when they can’t achieve the weight loss results they want.

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