I've had this same surgery and her doctors are now my doctors. Even though my experience was different, a lot of the emotions and the healing are right on target. She seems a little self-centered, but I guess the book is about her so who am I to say. But she does write well and the book is interesting.
I had gastric bypass in 2002. Reading Carnie's story gave me inspiration to have it done, and I have never been the same since. I lost 120 pounds and have kept all my weight off. I'm passing on her book now to someone else who would like the same inspiration that I had when I was struggling with the decision to have the surgery, or not to have the surgery. Hopefully this will help you in your decision. Also, feel free to ask me any questions if you get the book from me! =)
Many people will read Gut Feelings hoping to gain some insight into weight loss surgery and they will receive exactly that, but they should be aware this is an autobiography more than an informative tome on gastric bypass. This is the story of Carnie Wilsons journey: from fat acceptance advocate to the poster child for weight loss surgery; from daughter of a famous person to becoming famous for her own talents; from an insecure, troubled childhood to a more well-adjusted but still insecure adulthood.
As a woman who has been at the same weight as Carnie at her heaviest, I can certainly relate to a lot of what she has to say. But her life experience is as different as can be from my own. I cannot imagine being in the spotlight and having my weight on public display. Its bad enough being discriminated against for your weight and I cant imagine the added burden of constant public ridicule and I admire Carnies strength in getting through it. Where she stood up to people like Howard Stern, I would have broken down in tears. I hear Carnies bitterness, though, seeping through the pages. She seems to be a kind, loving soul but the repetitive language and constant complaining speaks volumes. Not that I blame her, mind you, but its obvious she carries a lot of pain.
Reading about Carnies life was fascinating and I like her honest and informal way of writing. I learned a lot about weight loss surgery and Carnie did lose a lot of weight (although, years after the book was written, she did gain a potion of it back) and looks so happy in all the pictures. Im not convinced, however, that weight loss surgery is the way to go. In the end, you still have to maintain your weight like everyone else, through diet and exercise.
VERY Frank. VERY honest-sounding. You get a vivid picture of the agony and the ecstasy of Carnie. She is clear that "you have to do the work"; and very clear about the conflicting feelings that come with the decision to get rid of the fat.
The most beautiful aspect of Carnie is her ability to celebrate herself and her relationship with Rob whether she is fat or not. Very strong, very capable young lady.
The story of Carnie Wilsons journey from fat chick to thin chick after she goes through a "stomach stapling" type surgery. She deals with her addiction to food and the fears/trials that have caused her to turn to food for comfort.
Yet ANOTHER book where it's Dad's fault, he doesn't know how to show his love to his daughter or family, and author finds refuge in food.
While the story is interesting, her lack of degree in psychology is very evident.
can't anyone take the responsibility for their choices?