Famous People With Obesity

Why this Strange Fascination?

Famous people with obesity: why are we so interested in them?

I don’t know about you, but when I’m standing in line at the supermarket checkout I can’t resist a good peek at a certain kind of magazine. You know the kind I’m talking about!

They pay paparazzi and members of the public obscene sums of money to catch celebrities unawares, without the protection of their make-up artists and stylists.

In the harsh light of day, with no airbrushing or artful movie lighting, they’re cruelly exposed for what they are… human beings like you and me.

Nowhere to Hide for Celebrities with Obesity

I’ve never bought one of those magazines, but I always leave the supermarket feeling a little better about myself in a way that’s difficult to describe. Those pictures, unkind as they may be, come as a welcome antidote to the impossibly perfect images adoring the covers of the publications sitting beside them on the shelves.

A similar motivation is, I think, behind our fascination with famous people with obesity. It’s somehow reassuring to know that wealth and fame don’t always buy you immunity from the problems of ordinary mortals like you and me.

Who's your best (or worst) famous person with obesity? Click here to share your celebrity obesity story with our visitors...

Famous People with Obesity: From the King of Rock to the Talk Show Queen

Elvis Presley: Even the King battled obesity

Some of the most well known people in the world have battled obesity.

Celebrities who've struggled with their weight include movie and showbiz legends like Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando and the king of rock himself, Elvis Presley.

While we may admire them for their talents, none could exactly be considered a good example of how to live with obesity.

But more recently, famous people like Oprah Winfrey and Rosie 'O Donnel have proved an inspiration to millions.

Maradona's Triumph over Obesity and Addiction

Diego Maradona before and after successful gastric bypass surgery

And soccer icon Diego Maradona has shown in dramatic fashion how obesity can be beaten, with his transformation from obese cocaine addict to trim, television host and ballroom dancer.

Of course, Maradona needed to resort to the drastic and costly measure of gastric bypass surgery, as well as extensive counselling top treat his drug habit, but pictures showing him before and after his recent massive weight loss have brought new hope to many. Another celebrity who has battled with obesity is former Cheers star, Kirstie Alley. Her more recent TV show Fat Actress is an unflinching satire on how society views famous people with obesity. Ironically, since then, Alley has slimmed down dramatically and is reportedly happier and healthier than she’s been in years.

Peter Jackson Weight Loss - The Skull Island Diet Secret

And then there's movie director Peter Jackson's Kong-sized weight loss success.

He's shed some 70 pounds (32 kilograms) prompting widespread speculation about his diet secret? Was it the South Beach Diet? The Cave Man Diet? The Atkins Diet?

Obesitycures.com did some research and discovered that Jackson did not follow any of the popular fad diets. The real secret to the Peter Jackson weight loss phenomenon has been dubbed the "Skull Island Diet," after the fictional island home of King Kong.

Click here for more about the Peter Jackson diet.

Who's Your Favorite Celebrity with Obesity?

Come on, admit it! Even if we don't read the tabloids, we all know of at least a few famous people who've battled with obesity.
Who's your favorite?
What's your best celebrity weight-loss story?
Which obese celebrity broke your heart when they piled on the pounds?
Which famous person has been an inspiration to you by beating obesity?
Or maybe your chosen celebrity's living proof you can live a happy and fulfilled life... even if you are carrying a few extra pounds?
Here's your chance to share your best celebrity obesity story.

Other Visitors' Celebrity Obesity Stories

Click below to see celebrity obesity stories from other visitors to this page...

Terry Wogan 
Oh God he's helped me lose 0.1 stone.

Queen Latifah 
I just looooooove bootylicious local girl, Queen Latifah. Baby, I don't care whether you're going though one of your svelte and sexy stages, or (more likely …

Jack Black  
He's a little overweight but he's hilarious and everyone loves him! Who wouldn't love him?!

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