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Carnie, who rose to fame as part of 90s pop-music group
Wilson Phillips, opens up about her nearly 20-year weight loss journey to the 4 million monthly visitors on RealSelf.com in an incredibly honest, open, and relatable way. Her inspirational first-person account not only helps RealSelf members to learn more about the emotional and physical aspects of massive weight loss, but also garners support and confidence from the community.
"I was alone and frightened. My food was my only comfort and I remember getting on the scale every single day and watching it go up and up and up and up," writes Carnie in her RealSelf.com review. "I was absolutely at my lowest point in my life and I was scared I was going to have a heart attack. A doctor told me my liver was toxic and I would not live to see 38 if I didn't get a hold of my obesity problem."
Carnie is not alone in her struggle. Other public figures, most recently
Chris Christie, have come out with their own decisions to undergo
lap band – a procedure that scores an 84% Worth It Rating and an average cost of
$7,675, according to RealSelf community reviews. Last year, RealSelf.com received more than 250,000 searches for procedures related to weight loss surgery, and the weight loss community currently has more than 250 personal and life-changing reviews. Though RealSelf community members can maintain 100% anonymity, deep personal connections are formed everyday on the site. Many reviewers, like Carnie, candidly document their path to procedures to provide others with valuable advice on the struggles and beyond the brochure expectations of weight loss surgery.
"No one is perfect. I have learned to honor my ability to make choices. That is what is the most important aspect I can teach people," noted Carnie, who is also an Ambassador of Hope for WLSFA. "There is always the next day and we all must remember that we are a work in progress. Speaking with others, working with others, [and] staying accountable is the key to success."