Kelly Osborne considering the gastric band for weight maintenance

by Christine on April 13th, 2011

filed under Eating Disorders, Gastric Banding Surgery, General Information

Kelly Osbourne: Gastric Band For TV Star Kelly Osbourne?

Monday April 11, 2011

KELLY Osbourne is desperate to stay slim.

According to a report from Britain’s Daily Star newspaper, the E! Fashion Police co-host  is considering getting a gastric band surgery to maintain her svelte figure.

“Kel’s at her wit’s end over her weight and is worried she’s putting back all the pounds she fought so hard to lose,” a source said.

“She’s recently been on holiday and put on almost a stone (14 pounds) while enjoying herself. She got a bit of a shock when she got home and realized she couldn’t fit into her new clothes.

“Kelly knows a gastric band would be drastic but she’s desperate to keep the weight off. Being the face of Madonna’s range just adds more pressure. She’s scared of getting axed in favor of someone skinny if she puts on more weight.”

Kelly — who split with her last boyfriend Luke Worrall after he reportedly cheated on her with both men and women — recently revealed she wants to have a baby with her gay best friend, because her mother Sharon Osbourne would “love it”.

“I’m fed up with straight men — I’d love a baby with my gay best friend Nate,” Kelly told Closer magazine. “We’d be the perfect parents and my mum would love it!”

Kelly –- who is the new face of Madonna and her daughter Lourdes’ clothing line Material Girl — recently revealed she is dating 26-year-old musician Rob Damiani, but the pair are planning to take things slowly.

“It’s true, I’m having fun getting to know someone new,” she said. “I met Rob over in the UK recently, and I want to take things slowly, so that means keeping some things private.”


Why do I bring this bit of drivel up?  I think this article is interesting for two reasons. Firstly, it’s interesting that a doctor would consider performing gastric banding surgery on Kelly Osborne when she is under the BMI criteria, which is currently 40.  (In the USA the current minimum BMI is 40. Likewise, in the UK, the NHS requires a 40 minimum BMI) Kelly is not currently overweight, so she doesn’t need the surgery in order to lose the weight. Interesting.

(Read a recent and related article about using the gastric band as a weight maintenance tool here.)

Secondly, the idea of using the gastric band for weight maintenance is an interesting one. In my own experience, the reason why I chose the gastric band is because hopefully the device will allow me to maintain my weight without the need for a yo-yo weight gain/loss for the rest of my life. I’ve done the whole yo-yo thing and it sucks. The gastric band really does give me some kind of peace of mind that I can lose weight and keep the weight off.

So should a major surgery like this be used simply for weight maintenance?  Why not? Other than the risks involved in the actual surgery, I don’t see how it can hurt to put some measures in place to ensure that you can live a healthy lifestyle for the long term.

But I want to take this even a step further: I think that the gastric band can be a successful device for treating those suffering from eating disorders, especially binge eating disorder and perhaps even bulimia.  The band prevents binging from occurring (seriously. You just can’t overindulge in a short time frame with a tight gastric band), so why can’t the device be used to help those suffering from binging-related disorders?  Hmmmm. Food for thought.

What do you think about using the gastric band or other weight loss devices in order to maintain your weight? What do you think about the idea of using the gastric band for treatment of some eating disorders?

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  • Allanmklein

    I am wondering, what is a “band” that you speak about ?

  • Karenogle133

    I’m afraid I have to disagree with you, Christine. I don’t think you have been successful with the band because of the band. I think you have been successful because you stuck to the plan after the band. If Kelly cannot control her food now and is gaining weight, there is no guarantee that she can successfully maintain with the band. She needs her head in the game rather than looking for a device that she doesn’t really need at the moment. I guess in this case I’m saying less intervention is best.

  • Amandakiska

    I think it is a great idea! Statistically speaking, Kelly Osbourne WILL likely re-gain the weaight and then some. Why put her body through the roller coaster for another decade and then get the band?

    As someone with a band, I understand that while it requires work to lose the extra weight and keep it off, the band also provides a physical barrier against overeating. It teaches us to mimic the behaviors of naturally thin people – eat slowly, chew thoroughly, pay attention as we eat (don’t tune out), and STOP when we’re full.

  • Cathy

    I think it should be her choice. That doesn’t mean I think it is a good choice, but really why not? Is it worse to need a band to maintain than it is to lose?

  • Lipo

    Kelly already underwent surgeon’s knife for cosmetic surgery. As per rumors, Kelly is now tired from her diets and exercise and so she thought to go for more plastic surgery. Whatever i only wish that she would maintain her body as well and also excess fat as soon as.