Being overweight can be hard. Plus there are all the pesky health complications that go along with being obese that the only real solution is a complete and total lifestyle change. But if you are struggling with your weight, you should rest easy knowing that you aren’t the only one to go through this problem. In fact here is a list of ten celebrities that have struggled with their weight.
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Here are some of the Top 10 Most Popular Fat People Ever until 2017
10. John Candy
John Candy was a comedic actor who graced the screen in the late 80’s early 90’s. Some of his more memorable performances consist of Barf from Mel Brook’s Classic “Space Balls” and co-star with Steve Martin in “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.”
John Candy struggled with his weight his entire life, weighing in at 300 pounds. He passed away in Durango, Mexico March 4, 1994, at the age of 43 from a heart attack.
9. John Goodman
John Goodman graced the small screen as Dan Conner on the hit television show “Roseanne.” It wasn’t until later in his career did he land gigs on the silver screen. One of his more memorable roles is Fred Flintstone. “The Flintstones” was released in 1994. Since then he has had other roles. He has graced us in cult classics like “The Big Lebowski.” His latest film is “10 Cloverfield Lane.”
For most of Mr. Goodman’s life, he was overweight. At one point he weighed close to 400 pounds. Since then he has put himself on a strict diet and exercise plan which helped him lose over 100 pounds.
8. Rosanne Barr
Next to John Goodman is the lovely lady Roseanne Barr. Ms. Barr graced us with her sarcastic presents in the television hit show Roseanne from 1988 to 1997. Ms. Barr once hit a staggering 300 pounds. Since then Ms. Barr has undergone surgery to help her lose over 200 pounds.
While Ms. Barr did have surgery to help her shed the pounds, she is now an avid health nut. She works out, eats right and stays active to help her curb her weight.
7. Rebel Wilson
Rebel Wilson is an Australian star that has had huge success in the United Stated. Some of Ms. Wilson’s roles included co-starring with Ben Stiller in “Night at the Museum 3,” and showing off her singing talent in “Pitch Perfect” 1 and 2. What makes Ms. Wilson so popular is her witty and sarcastic demeanor despite the fact that she weighed close to 300 pounds when she first arrived in Hollywood. Since then, Ms. Wilson has started to drop some serious weight. Some sources say she has dropped over 50 pounds in the last several months.
6. IZ (Israel IZ Kamakawiwo’ole)
IZ was a famous Hawaiian musician who continues to grace the airways with his smooth vocals. One of his masterpieces was his rendition of “Somewhere over the Rainbow.” To this day, IZ’s version of that song is ranked at the top 100 wedding songs in the United States. It is also featured in several films and television shows since it was first released in 1993.
IZ was a heavy guy. At one point in his career, he was stated to have reached 757 pounds.
During his life, he was in and out of hospitals due to his morbid obesity. He passed away at the age of 38 due to heart, respiratory and other medical complications on June 26, 1997.
5. Gabriel Iglesias
Gabriel Iglesias is a well-known comedian known as the “Fluffy guy.” One of his main tag lines is how he states that he isn’t fat he is “Fluffy.” Mr. Iglesias is featured on Netflix and showcases his “Hot and Fluffy” show which made his so famous. However, Mr. “Fluffy” has been around the comedic stage since 1997.
At his heaviest, Mr. Iglesias weighed 445 pounds. Since he first came on stage till now, Mr. Iglesias has lost over 100 pounds and working on losing more. Due to Mr. Iglesias being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
4. Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson is an American actress and Grammy-winning singer. Ms. Hudson is best known as the American Idol contested that became the Weight Watchers pitchwoman since she weighed over 200 pounds.
Since her debut, though, she has dropped a significant amount of weight and went from a dress size of 16 to a 10 and now weighs about 154 pounds.
3. Chris Farley
Chris Farley made his debut as a cast member of Saturday Night Live. Many of his characters are over the top energetic and loud. Mr. Farley then went on to star in comedy films like “Tommy Boy” and “Black Sheep.”
Mr. Farley was a comedic genius who weighed in at 296 pounds. During the course of his career, he struggled not only with his weight but with addiction as well. Chris died December 18, 1997, at the age of 33.
Melissa McCarthy is an American actress who is known for roles like the new “Ghostbusters,” “Spy,” and “The Heat” among others. Ms. McCarthy is an all-around actress who has played characters that are raunchy to sophisticated.
When Ms. McCarthy first came on the scene she was 265 pounds. Since then she has dropped some serious weight and is still working on improving her health. She is now in a dress size of 14 and still slimming down.
1. John Popper
For some, the name John Popper doesn’t say much, but for the millions of fans of the popular blues band “Blues Traveler,” they know John Popper as the lead singer.
When Mr. Popper was at the top of his game he came in at 400 pounds. Mr. Popper didn’t quite understand the severity of his health issues until he nearly died from a heart attack. Over the course of several years, Mr. Popper has had several surgeries performed in order to get control over his health. One such surgery consisted of an angioplasty which unclogged one of his arteries which happen to be 95% blocked.
Mr. Popper also went under the knife in order to get control of his weight. It turned out that having so much extra weight on the human skeleton can break down the vertebrae. This is exactly what happened to the front man causing him not only to go through the gastric bypass surgery but to also pay better attention to his health in general.