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Gut Feelings: From Fear and Despair to Health and Hope [Paperback]

Carnie Wilson
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Feb. 1 2003
Carnie Wilson's story is a journey from the darkness of emotional rejection, compulsive eating and morbid obesity into the light of health. When her weight climbed to over 300 pounds and she was faced with the prospect of early death, Wilson turned to weight-loss surgery, broadcasting the procedure live over the internet to an estimated 2.5 million people, in August of 1999.
During that period, Wilson lost over 150 pounds, married the man of her dreams and embraced a new life of health and re-energized possibilities. Her story has inspired millions of obese people worldwide to investigate weight-loss surgery as a tool to help develop a healthier life.

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A blend of rambling biography and encouraging success story, Gut Feelings will take you right into the nitty-gritty of Carnie Wilson's life and the mysteries of gastric bypass surgery. If you think a similar surgery may be in your future, there is a lot to learn from this book--Wilson presents the gory details unflinchingly, and separate appendices from four specialists address more general questions and answers. Wilson's casual tone and conversational asides will make you feel like you're getting to know a new friend; that is, a new friend with a roller-coaster life and a habit of using curses as adjectives. She's frank and animated, with no real illusions about her strengths and weaknesses, but the repeat discussions of matter-of-fact drug use may distract some readers from the real story. Ultimately, the surgery is an interesting success, and professionals in health-related fields, as well as prospective patients, may find the specifics of one person's experience useful. --Jill Lightner --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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When Wilson's gastric bypass surgery was broadcast over the Internet in 2001, it made news not simply because of Wilson's role as singer/songwriter with the pop group Wilson Phillips, nor because she is the daughter of The Beach Boys's Brian Wilson, but also because she had been (and remains) an advocate for self-acceptance, regardless of size. Despite years of dieting, Wilson suffered with morbid obesity, which threatened her health with skyrocketing cholesterol levels, hypertension, sleep apnea, sciatica, breathlessness, and joint pain. Gut Feelings is a wonderfully candid revelation of Wilson's life from childhood to maturity. Her weight problems were family rooted with nature and nurture both contributing and she frankly discusses her feelings about herself, her family, and her friends. After undergoing the bypass surgery, she lost over 150 pounds and had to relearn how to eat and, equally important, how to adjust emotionally to the new Carnie. Beyond the personal story, this book offers appendixes in which a bariatric surgeon, nutritionist, endocrinologist, and psychologist answer questions about open and laparoscopic gastric surgery. These appendixes are invaluable for anyone interested in weight-control surgery, but readers will get at least as much insight into it through the author's tale. Recommended for health collections. Anne C. Tomlin, Auburn Memorial Hosp. Lib., NY
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly recommended March 11 2003
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I did enjoy reading Carnie's book. She sets down a lot of truth about why people overeat and how it feels to be overweight. If you're an overweight person, you can really relate, even if you don't share her background. It bothers me a little that she became such an advocate for weight loss surgery, though. I am currently on my weight loss journey through a program, not through surgery. As she herself points out, even after gastric bypass surgery, people have to learn to eat in a healthy way and in moderation. It's good that she's a very open person, very truthful, and her use of profanity didn't bother me like it did some other reviewers - she should communicate in a book like she communicates in real life, and she obviously isn't a person who holds back. I'm glad she found such happiness with her husband (she talks a lot about meeting him and being with him), but at times I was wondering why I was reading this book about a famous singer's daughter who mostly became famous through her weight trials (I didn't listen to Wilson Phillips and I didn't watch Carnie's talk show, but I sure saw her all over the media because of her weight). I guess someone had to be the "face" of gastric bypass. It's a good thing someone as open and bold and truthful and full of personality as she was the one - I think.
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3.0 out of 5 stars a heartfelt story in L.A. slang Sept. 9 2002
Carnie Wilson's "Gut Feelings" describing her fight with morbid obesity and her successful stapling surgery is, to use a couldn't-resist label, a lightweight book. That said, readers who suffer from extreme overweight and its many attendant health problems, can take heart in Wilson's heartfelt narrative.
Born to a father famous in the pop music world and a loving, supportive mother, Carnie is a good-looking, personable woman who tells her story in a straight-forward, although slightly repetitive fashion. Parents, be forewarned about the casual attitude toward sex and drugs. Wilson's prose is laced with L.A. slang and profanity which no doubt reflects her speech, so that the book has an informal conversational tone. She is frank about her internal struggles, about feeling unloved by her father, and about fearing the surgery that transformed her life.
She has bid farewell to double cheeseburgers, fries and onion rings now, and, judging from the "after" photographs, she looks vibrantly happy and healthy.
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2.0 out of 5 stars More than I wanted to know Jan. 19 2002
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I have to say that as a person looking for information on gastric bypass surgery, the end of this book, after Carnie's story is what I found most beneficial. I have been on Carnie's website and found her to have such a sweetness about her and a true concern for others really came through. I was SO disappointed when I read her book. I found it utterly offensive with constant profanity and references to her private life that were more than I wanted to know. I would have enjoyed the book much more if it had MUCH less vulgarity, and more of that sweetness that I saw on the website. I was also bothered by her therapists' use of hypnosis in her treatment. In my mind, that is an alternative type of treatment and could put this type of surgery in a bad light for some, especially since it is already controversial in the minds of alot of people. By the way, I did enjoy the pictures in the book and I am very happy for Carnie, in her successful weight loss and marriage. She is absolutely beautiful on the outside! If she would just clean up that trashy mouth!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! Dec 11 2001
Imagine meeting someone and thinking to yourself "She looks like someone I would like to know better". Well, Carnie is that someone! Now, for those of you who don't like cursing, this may not be the book for you. But, for those who aren't bothered by the way she speaks and thinks (and that includes a certain 4 letter word) which she does use from time to time, then go on and buy this book. Carnie comes across very open and honest about everything, from her weight, to drugs, to her sexuality. This is definitely a "tell all" book and Carnie doesn't hold much back. I found her story to be fascinating, and she is definitely someone I would like to get to know better. You can never really know someone by looking at them and not speaking to them or learning their ways. Carnie tells all, and shares her pain, anger and frustration. The only drawback I found to this book was that too much is dedicated to the surgery part in the end. With a "Q & A" section. I do not need the surgery, but wanted to learn more about the person. This book will give you insight into Carnie and also the surgery for those who are considering the procedure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for patients and caregivers Oct. 16 2001
Most of us know the plight of Carnie Wilson's weight. Now she has finally written the book we all have been waiting for. Her book tells about her successful journey, warts and all. As a mental health counselor, I applaud her and Spotlight Health with presenting a most informative book which includes interviews with both a bariatric surgeon, nutritionist, endocrinologist and psychologist. Some people see gastric bypass as an easy way out to loose weight. Believe me, as a patient, it is not. She avidly describes this and how life will change for the patient and their loved ones. I greatly appreciate the important emphasis on the psychological aspects. They go hand in hand. Also, this book gives your support and caregivers an idea of what you will be going to go through and how they can better support you. I would like to see every doctor, patient, and candidate for surgery to read her book before either making the decision for surgery or as a guideline for post-op conditions that may come up. It is even indexed for ease of looking up something. A trendsetting book and a wonderful read .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It !
Funny, intelligent. Carnie is a true inspiration. Creative, and wonderfully written.
Published on Sept. 7 2003 by Bonnie
5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting, Humorous & Heartfelt Book
Especially for someone who has gone through WLS, this book is a wonderful read. Carnie Wilson's writing style is down to earth, never too technical, and always heartfelt. Read more
Published on Aug. 11 2003 by Sarah B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! A look into Carnie's life is very intriguing!
The instant I got this book, I began to read it, and I finished it in less than a day. This is a great autobiography because she doesn't really censor or edit, and that's what I... Read more
Published on June 18 2003 by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Biography, A Must Read!!
As a woman who has a 100+lbs to lose, Carnie Wilson has given me a look into my own future(I have a scheduled consult for WLS). Read more
Published on March 13 2003 by Rachelle Pincus
4.0 out of 5 stars Carnie's Story of Weight Loss Surgery
The beginning of the book was a little slow, perhaps too much information regarding her personal life, family issues and such. Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Carnie's book
This book was a good account of Carnie's journey. It really needed to be edited. Some may argue that editing would take away from the 'real Carnie' that was so 'in your face', but... Read more
Published on Dec 11 2002 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars my review on the book
I have to say that I read the book in two days. The only book I usually read that fast is Jackie Collins. Read more
Published on Nov. 17 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Consider This...From A Real Person
I read Gut Feelings in one night, and found the book extremely insigtful. Carnie Wilson's story is personal (sometimes a bit too personal). Read more
Published on Aug. 19 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars Disgusting
Once again, another hit for fat people and the 'wonder' of weight loss surgery. I am disappointed in the book, and the person for the obvious mutulation of a healthy and... Read more
Published on Aug. 18 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful!
Carnie Wilson writes this book in a way that is both interesting and informative. Granted, gastric bypass surgery isn't for everybody - but it obviously worked for her, bringing... Read more
Published on May 8 2002 by Sheila
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