Rosie O’Donnell Lost 64 Lbs. in 2 Years: “It’s not easy to be obese in America and have everyone feel free to ridicule you”


On weighing 240 lbs 2 years ago:

It’s like the Green Bay Packers’ front line, know what I mean? But it’s hard. I used to buy stretch pants size 11, 12. I’d stretch them into a 20. It didn’t matter, because the tag said 12 and that’s what counts.

On opting for vertical gastric sleeve surgery:

Believe it or not, that surgery changed my life. It doesn’t reroute your intestines. You have no issue with going to the bathroom in public. But your relationship with food ends. For me, it’s been two years. It used to be on Halloween, the week before, I would start sweating until Christmas, because I had huge problems not going and stealing their candy. I couldn’t be in bed and go downstairs … there would be four bags of candy. I couldn’t help myself. And now? This year, the whole trick-or-treat, I had one lollipop. I don’t feel that same pull for it. They told me the part of the stomach they remove have hunger hormones in it, called ghrelins. And that changes the way you think and feel about food. I feel so much freer now in terms of needing to move and play with my kids.

On the benefits of her weight loss:

I don’t have sleep apnea anymore. I’m able to run and play with the kids or get a bathing suit. … It’s not easy to be obese in America and have everyone feel free to ridicule you. When I was in the midst of some of my spat wars with some Republican candidates, that was always one of the first things that was said. And now it’s like a different reality. We’ll see how long it lasts.

On why she was determined to lose the weight:

I had a heart attack at 50. When I woke up, they said, ‘You should have died. We need you to lose 50 lbs. in the next year, but you can’t have surgery or anything in the next year because you’ve had a heart attack. So for the year I tried, and I’ve been trying my whole life. When I was 35 I got on my show, and that’s when I got over 200 lbs. Before that I was about 175, on League of Their Own, or 170. When I got my show I was over 200. It was a lot of pressure and a lot of stress. And then one year after my heart attack I had the vertical sleeve surgery because my doctors said if I didn’t, I would have another heart attack. And there was a very good chance I would not survive.

… says 53 year-old Rosie.


21 thoughts on “Rosie O’Donnell Lost 64 Lbs. in 2 Years: “It’s not easy to be obese in America and have everyone feel free to ridicule you””

  1. That’s good for her that the surgery worked for her, but people need to be more educated on sugar addiction in general, since that is the primary reason so many people are fat (as her quote about candy demonstrates). It is totally possible to overcome the addiction on your own (I’ve done it) and if only people knew… it does take a lot of discipline but it is possible and life is so much better afterwards – you feel better all the time and you don’t have that annoying pull for sugars throughout the day – just normal hunger when you need to eat, so you can listen to your body and eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full. Sugar addiction messes that up so much and it is really hard to tell when you need food or don’t because your blood sugar is always screaming for it. Anyways I’m glad she took the steps she needed to to improve her health but I really wish more people would learn what’s necessary early in life, end their sugar addictions and adopt a healthy diet, so they are never in the position she was. No matter your weight or health status it is doable and will prevent so many health problems down the line.

    • Totally. I’m recovering from bulimia.. and it’s possible to over come if you’re willing too.. 🙂

      But it’s a lot of hard work and there is a lot of failure … But when you decide to truly work at it… You over come 🙂

      It did help that I’m a very disciplined person though.. I spent my life from 6 to 22 as a trained athlete… And now I’m doing mma (not because I want to fight off be buff, just for working out… Though I like hiking and yoga more) which takes a lot of discipline and is had helped me greatly.

      • Congrats on taking recovery steps <3

        Been there, and it's so hard, but so worth it. It helps to realize the strength you have inside.

      • That’s awesome. I have been through something similar, I fully recovered from anorexia… It was hard, it required a complete restructuring of my life for a couple years, but SO SO worth it. It is true though that it takes a disciplined person and can be impossible for people who don’t have that. I’m so grateful that i’m also a disciplined person, it’s one of my best qualities imo because it allows to me achieve so much, professionally and in personal happiness 🙂
        I’ve started powerlifting since recovering, it also takes a lot of discipline and has helped me so much! good for you, keep up the good work!!

  2. I’m glad it worked for her… But it’s not OK to be obese… Chubby, a little over weight. Totally OK… But being obese and morbidly obese isn’t OK. Sorry not sorry.

    Ridicule doesn’t work, I agree there… But what you’re doing to yourself while being obese is worse than being ridiculed … You’re killing yourself

  3. Good for Rosie, she looks great and has accomplished a big one in terms of her health.

    Wouldn’t mind having some of my own hunger hormones removed 🙂

  4. shew should be glad the ridicule exists. otherwise she’d still be a tub of lard instead of moving towards more health and fitness.

    • You know nothing and still feel the smart speaker. People are people,they sometimes do wrong.
      That said,is npt the ridicule factor that pushes obese and iverweight people to loose weight, AT ALL. The shame and the thought if being unwatchable is what keeps em home,hiding,not engaging in life and eat like ehales for conoensation of such a life restriction and low self esteem. What make them loose the weight is a rational,logical approach TOGHETHER with the rediscover of some kind of beauty within themselves, they have to feel some beauty to take care of, and to feelvaluable when they live, go to gim, buy clothes to ajnoledge again they have a body that needs to be treated better and not to be eat non stop. Usually they are ridiculed anyway no matter what they do.and to loose weight,it takes months or years time. By ridiculing and shaming you only push people to hate themselves and not to see their potential, it would only work for an instant effort..but to loose the weight you have to adress life forgetting about food,and you need long term efforts and patience,since there is no break time when you can excape your present body.

      • Yes, sometimes people are in the middle of their weight loss journey and to ridicule them is just so ignorant. What can one know… Maybe that person already lost 20 lbs, is very happy with the prgoress and is working to lose another 20 lbs. So if someone makes fun of them they might feel depressed. They would think that no matter how much they try to improve their body they still get hard time, so they might quit (sorry, English is not my first language)

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