After suffering a near-fatal heart attack in August 2012, Rosie O’Donnell, 50-years-old at the time, was told by her doctors that she needed to lose weight—stat. So for a year, the former talk show host tried to get under 200 pounds naturally by keeping to a healthy diet and routine exercise. But in July 2013, she had vertical gastric sleeve surgery, which “changed her life,” she told People in 2016. “In my opinion, [this surgery is] something that needs a little more attention for people who have suffered with morbid obesity their whole lives,” Rosie said. “This has really, really helped [me].”

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