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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It ! Sept. 7 2003
By Bonnie
Funny, intelligent. Carnie is a true inspiration. Creative, and wonderfully written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting, Humorous & Heartfelt Book Aug. 12 2003
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. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Even for people who have merely struggled with weight and not had WLS, I highly suggest reading this book!!
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By Mark
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 loved about it! It's a great read!! look into it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Biography, A Must Read!! March 13 2003
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). As for the foul language, sometimes as human beings we need to vent. This didn't bother me at all. She is a wonderful role model for all of us fat people. I give her a standing ovation
clap, clap.....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly recommended March 11 2003
By A Customer
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Carnie's Story of Weight Loss Surgery Feb. 16 2003
By A Customer
The beginning of the book was a little slow, perhaps too much information regarding her personal life, family issues and such. However, after about a third through, things really picked up and then I couldn't put it down until I had finished reading it. She is refreshingly honest. The pictures were great of before and after. Interestingly enough, outside of the cover picture, my favorite picture is of "her future husband" the day they met, and the look in his eyes as he looks towards her. The fact that he is completely oblivious to the camera, is so revealing of his feelings about her, considering she was at her highest weight. It is wonderful that she met someone before her surgery, that came to love her unconditionally. Reading her story was quite informative of the personal aspects of this issue. The profanity was unnecessary.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Carnie's book Dec 11 2002
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 I think that she could have gotten her point across in fewer words. The pictures were great and I have a great respect for her courage. Thanks to Carnie for sharing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars my review on the book Nov. 17 2002
By A Customer
I have to say that I read the book in two days. The only book I usually read that fast is Jackie Collins. The reason I read it so fast, was like Carnie I am looking into the suregry. I wanted to see what input she had on the suregry. Even thou, her input was quite there. Most of these things I already know.
If you are interested in the suregry, I would do heavy research on the web and speak with people who actually had the suregry done. Yes Carnie had the suregry done, but most of the stuff she talked about regarding suregry is again, things I already knew.
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