CAROLINE MANZO: Lauren Manzo DID Have Lapband Surgery…

June 13, 2012  3:00 pm    USWeekly

In a new interview, Lauren Manzo describes why she chose to have the procedure after previously rejecting the idea of following her father (Al, who had a lap band fitted in 2008) in having the surgery.

‘It’s hard seeing yourself on TV. The camera doesn’t add ten pounds, it adds 800 pounds! I had people writing me on Twitter that I’m fat, ugly, gross.’

 If you got lap band, why can’t I???

Though the hit Bravo series has long charted her consultations with dieticians, her fad regimes and her disappointment at her inability to lose weight, it was not until last summer that Lauren really hit her lowest point.

‘I hated myself,’ she admitted. ‘I got up to 185lbs. I couldn’t look in the mirror.  Hopefully, by the end of the summer, I’ll be in a bikini. I’ve never worn a bikini in my life!’

She found herself becoming emotional for the smallest reason, adding: ‘Something wasn’t right with me. I was depressed.’  She explains that she had initially rejected the idea of surgery because she is ‘scared to death of doctors’, but this time she knew she needed to take some serious action.

Now that she has gone through with the procedure and seen some positive results, Lauren describes the lap band as the best thing she’s ever done in her life.  But it is no quick fix. Due to the restricted size of her stomach, Lauren must stick to a severely restricted diet, or she will vomit, and frequently suffers painful gastritis (stomach inflammation) and heartburn.

It has, however, served to instill some positive habits, that she has, so far, been able to maintain.

Lauren ManzoLauren in the latest issue of US Weekly…

Lauren only eats protein and vegetables, having cut out sugar, carbs and fat. If she drinks, she shuns sugar-loaded wine for vodka, and works out six days a week thanks to the help of a personal trainer.

Now she is so confident that she can lose weight on her own, she has had the lap band loosened, so that it restricts the size of her stomach a little less.

Though she knows that her boyfriend of three years, Vito Scalia, 26, would continue to adore her at any size, Lauren says he is delighted by her new-found confidence.

 Vito Scalia… “HUH???  I ain’t happy at all about this lap band crap!”

So too, is her famously blunt mother, Caroline, who once told her daughter that she looked like ‘eight pounds of sausage in a five-pound bag’.

 Caroline Manzo… “We LOVE our lap bands…”

But, like most women, one of the most satisfying moments for Lauren was when she realised she could fit into a smaller dress size.  ‘I bought leather shorts at Betsey Johnson the other day,’ she revealed. ‘A size 10 was too big. The next size they had was a 6, so I was like, “Forget it, they’re not gonna fit me.” But they fit!’

Now, she says, her goal is to feel slim enough to wear a bikini.  ‘Hopefully, by the end of the summer, I’ll be in a bikini. I’ve never worn a bikini in my life!’

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154 comments on “CAROLINE MANZO: Lauren Manzo DID Have Lapband Surgery…

  1. FINALLY THE TRUTH STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSES MOUTH!! Hope she doesn’t pull a Carnie Wilson. Can you imagine the wrath if she were to blow up again? Will US weekly cover Don caro’s story next week?

    • Pull a Carnie Wilson? You mean gain it all back when she gets pregnant? She might do just that, since she’s only 23 and hasn’t even begun to experience all the body and hormonal changes that come with pregnancies and aging. If her body gets used to a very low calorie intake at TWENTY-THREE, good luck when she’s 40! I can’t believe a reputable dr agreed to do this on a 23 yr old woman under 200lbs. Yes, 185 lbs is a lot for 5’3″, but lord, she’s only 23! Presumably she had time to adjust her lifestyle to ” healthy” – cutting sugar, adding more greens and whole grains, reduce alcohol, exercise etc. I also don’t understand her dietary restrictions. I thought simple calorie restriction was the idea behind lapband and/or gastric bypass. Yes, they encourage you to eat HEALTHY, but what’s with the “no carbs” ? Why can’t she eat like just a LITTLE whole wheat pasta? It seems like she’s doing TWO diets at once – severe calorie restriction AND no/low carb.

      I’ve ragged on the Manzos A LOT ( mostly Caroline ) but lord, I really feel sorry for her. She was a YOUNG, very pretty, and yes chunky girl who had some weight to lose, but was by no means horrendously unhealthy, in a dire situation or hideously unattractive due to her weight. It seems like reality TV and her hosebeast mother made her freak out and take a drastic action that probably won’t ultimately help her achieve long term HEALTH ( not just thinness ).

      • My friend had the lapband and what happens if you eat bread, it becomes like glue when in contact with moisture and gets stuck on the band and no food or water will go through the opening of your stomach.

        • OMG! The idiocy of getting a young girl who has to lose thirty pounds a surgical procedure! I gained thirty pounds over three years because I was immobilized and feeling sorry for myself. I finally put myself on a diet and in 6 weeks I have lost twenty pounds. It’s not fun, but I got myself into it, now I have to get myself out of it. How lazy to give a kid who is only thirty pounds overweight a lap band procedure! They wouldn’t even consider it on me and I had to lose 40! It’s unethical at best! You should never do anything to your body that you don’t have to. Yes, if you weigh 400lbs. by all means, save your life. But this is shocking to me. Shocking! And is Caro still going to lie about how she has always been tiny and didn’t have the lap band? These people are disturbed. And so is the doctor that agreed to do it to Lauren.

        • Oh my gosh…wow….what an awful side effect to it.

          She’d been better of eathing healthy & getting active.

      • We all knew it, Big Al then Caroline and now Lauren (Caroline wont come out about it). That is why Lauren was crying for help, she wanted them to pay for the lapband and they wouldn’t. Also from the article and what she said she will blow up like a balloon and big time. Because she still wants to eat the food she has been eating for years, thats it. That is why she is so conscious of the fact of throwing up and Gastritis, because once she started to loose weight she was giddy and thought it was okay to eat a good helping of lasagna and whatnot, wrong. She’s loosing it up in order to eat more food.

        This pig is a pig, she shouldn’t have gotten that lapband at her age and she wasn’t morbidly obesse either. She just didn’t want to curtail her eating and working out, she wanted her cake and eat it too.

        • Sorry Buck, I think calling her a pig is a little extreme but I tend to agree with much of what you’re saying regarding the cry for help and the potential to gain it all back.

          Speaking as a 40+ woman, I’ve had a love hate relationship with my weight for years and nine years ago ballooned up 70 lbs. This was partially stress partially bad diet. I changed my diet and lost some but when I removed the stress that’s when weight really came off.

          Lauren would do well to remove herself from the clutches of a mother that berates her publicly and reassess her life. That in and of itself will do wonders for her demeanor and physique.

        • At 5’3″ and 185 lbs… that IS morbidly obese. I don’t care for her and I’m not sure the lap band was the permanent answer, but facts are facts…. She was obese and did something about it

      • I agree i thought the surgery was for people who were like really overweight, like obese, i dont think that was her @ all. What im confused about if she was so overweight and lost 30 lbs like the cover of the mag says all of a sudden she is wearing a size 6? My wife is 5ft 8 weighs less than she does after the 30 lbs and she is a size 8, a hot size 8 mind you!!!! So ladies can u help me out with the sizes im a little confused how my wife can be 10 lbs lighter 5 inches taller and be a size 8 to her size 6. Ty.

        • Women’s clothing sizes all run different for different brands. A size 6 in one brand of pants can be a size 8 in another. Also, some women are pear shaped, while some are apple shaped. So a woman with an apple shape can squeeze her but into a size 6, but she still has a fatter upper body than the same woman wearing size 8 pants. That’s why it is better to focus on gaining muscle and losing fat, and having a healthy BMI, than on the size of one pair of leather shorts Lauren!

          • Ok ty to all you ladies for trying to help a guy like me understand ladies sizes. Ihear stress really makes u gain weight.

  2. Someone please correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought lapband surgery was for ppl who are either like 50 and NEED to drop the weight ASAP or they’ll have a heart attack/get diabetes OR if done on younger ppl, they had to be like 300 lbs and up? In other words, I thought the situation had to be DIRE to justify the surgical risk.

    • LapBand is for anyone 50 pounds overweight. Its completly about portion control. Its very low risk out patient surgery. Insurance companies just lowered the standard for it. It Use to be strictly for people 100 pounds or more overweight but over time, the effectiveness and the low risk aspect has resulted in insurance companies lowering the standards to 50 pounds. Its based on your BMI. This is not for someone who recently put on a little weight. You have to have documented history of trying to lose the weight on your own. It is basicly a learning tool. By restricting the amount of food you can consume it teaches you to control portions. Its a great tool with a bad reputation because it often gets confused with the RNY where they re-route your intestines. That surgery is reserved for people who are morbidly over weight. Its high risk not only because of the type of surgery but because the patients themself are so big that any surgery is risky for them. I worked for a bariatric doctor for a few years.

      The interesting part of this is, lots of patients who opt for the the RNY will gain the weight back after 2-4 years and come back for the lapband. RNY in my mind is cheating the system while lapband forces you to learn how to eat and control portions. Its a forced lifestyle change so has a higher success rate.

  3. Wonder whose insurance this was on??????????? Good luck with that–I know so many people who gained it back anyway. And if she was only 185, was she 4′ tall??? I’m thinkin’ I’d NEVER want to be on tv then!

    • Actually that’s a good point because as a NJ resident, I was dropped from my parents insurance at age 21. They said if I was not a college student, I was no longer able to be insured. Lauren is obviously not in college or doesn’t work a job with benefits so….

  4. She could have lost 30 lbs on her own, just with discipline! I have been on weight watchers for a month and have lost 10 just following the plan and working out 4-5 times a week. It really isn’t that hard once you get started. People can be so lazy! Lapband and other weight loss surgeries should be a last resort, for seriously obese people who can’t exercise! What a good role model for kids, just be lazy and get surgery, then you can be thin and vapid!

    • She definitely lost more than 30 pounds and they dont usually do this surgery unless you have to lose like 100 pounds. She looked like she weighed more than 185. She looks great, good for her, I hope she keeps it off. At least the kid is honest. Caroline probably had it done also, she lost a lot of weight in a short time. Lauren said in the US weekly article her brother Chris said something to her that upset her and she went HYSTERICAL and the parents were so worried they agreed to the surgery because she was depressed. Aren’t those brothers of hers sweet??

      • ccmm: They changed all the rules about a year ago (at least in NJ)! You don’t have to be that overweight, just considered obese, which depends on her BMI.

        • I think with lap band the restrictions are not as strict as with the more radical Gastric bypass sugeries.

      • They r as sweet as frigging acid going down your throat. I know family members like to screw with each other but they were pretty rough on her, i was hoping her boyfriend would of slapped them both @ the sametime, the frigging jagoffs!!! The younger brother isnt exactly in shape himself i hope she gives it right back to him. How about her mom im not going to lie about her daughter being overweight and whatever she said man your suppose to stick up for your daughter not be so brutal to her, TY.

    • At her age she could have lost the weight with a personal trainer. However, im sure she would gain it all back as soon as she got lazy with the workouts. The lapband is just a tool to be used along with a personal trainer. It assists you with a lifestyle change and shouldnt be confused with the bigger surgery the RNY where people do indeed re-gain that weight back after a few years.

      I dont like Lauren at ALL! But I would not hold the lapband against her. In the long run, its better than yo-yo dieting.

  5. Let’s see how long she keeps it off. The problem with lauren, as I could see, was a lack of motivation or overall drive to do anything but eat. So even though she has had the surgery it doesn’t guarantee she will keep it off. NO way insurance paid for her to have the surgery. She was heavy and not obese. My guess is her mommy and daddy paid for it or she used her bravo salary to do it.

    There are very strict insurance guidelines for the insurance to pay for the lapband procedure. I watched an old coworker go through the process. You have to be following a diet and exercise regime for a while, see a therapist to check your mental state. The whole process takes roughly a year to get it approved by your insurance carrier.

    • Bizzy – that’s what I thought too. I mean, I know I’ve heard what you said about insurance restrictions. But since she had it, I just assumed things had changed a lot from a few years ago? Insurance companies eased up on restrictions? That seems unlikely tho – I mean do they ever ease up on paying for ANYTHING without a fight?

      • Nah they haven’t. My co-workers surgery was a year ago. Insurance wants to make my 80 year old neighbor who took a severe fall, fractured her jaw and left hand jump through hoops to get authorization for a Cat SCAN…you really think they will let this huge of a surgery go that easy. The pre-surgery stuff take a while and multiple doctors visits, plus the surgery and after care cost. My coworker was laid up a while after. During the pre-surgery portion he had to visit a nutritionist regularly as well. That stuff isn’t cheap. Never mind the pre-pre-approval to be considered for the procedure. She had to have paid out of pocket for it. The lapband is termed a “last resort surgery” that will only get fast tracked if you have a serious health condition.

        • I think in her case it doesnt matter because im sure her or her parents pd for it not ins. I cant see her being on her parents ins being 24 and not a college student. Ty.

    • Bizzy thank you for saying that because I too thought that the process of getting approval from the insurance company was strict and long!! I have a friend who is trying to have this surgery and after filling out a form online she was contacted by the clinic to come in for testeing. She did that a couple of weeks later and within a couple of days they said that her insurance company approved it!! I was shocked!!!. She has to go to them for the next three months to have her weight checked, and they told her to make sure that she doesn’t lose any weight! I thought this was strange and wondered if she should really be doing this, especially when she mentioned that they may have added a few pounds to her weight.

      • Exactly! I posted my comment at the bottom. However, have two friends with chronic, medical issues that were solid into the obese range. One did not even qualify for whatever reason. The other, had to jump through hoops that took a very long time. A 3rd person (in law) had it done in her 50′s after Weight Watchers and many other methods did not work, and I’m certain she had some sort of metabolism/thyroid issue and other health issues, as well. Well, it was approved but the in law went back to old eating habits a few years later. She put back on about half of what lapband helped take off, as she honestly eats horrible. Insurance companies do not just hand these out. Guarantee there’s a trail out there that the Manzos paid cash for this. Suppose, so what if they did? Oh, well, it’s her life. Best o’ luck to her, she’ll need it if the tools and mindset change was not in place before her % of succeeding long term is not in her favor.

      • Sounds like your friend has fallen in with a group of health care providers that are looking to make the $$ from the surgery as well as kick backs on referrals to their doctor/specialist/friends in their network. They told her to not lose any weight because it would jeopardize the chances of them milking her insurance. When you are in the process your weight and diet are closely monitored, so you have to prove that you are indeed changing your eating/exercise habits and nothing is working to get the ok. I am scared for your friend. Seems to me like she is in the hands of an insurance scam mill.

        • If you have co morbities such as Diabetes,high blood pressue or other issues caused by weight they can and do waive the BMI/weight restrictions I dont meet the need to lose ammount but i have 2 co morbities so I can get the surgeries but they are not for me at this time.

          • On that note When i was looking into it i was told it would take about a yr to have the surgery done becauss of all the time it takes for the work up and get cleared.

  6. She is young, she is able-bodied….why couldn’t she work-out, eat right and practice self-control???? She’s too young to be having this surgery and she certainly wasn’t so overweight that it was medically necessary.

    I would have been more impressed if she dieted and exercised. She could have been a role model for young girls who want to lose weight the proper way and maintain the weight loss. Instead, she took the easy way out and had Mommy and Daddy pay for her weight loss surgery. SMDH.

    • Lauren dieting and exercising is too much for her. She talks about Ashley not having drive or motivation but she is the exact same way. Look at the buisness she started, the same one she pissed on Ashley about the half ass creation she came up with for the t-shirts.

      • The more I think about it, this reeks of CYA – her revealing the whole lapband thing, I mean. I hate to be too conspiratorial, but I suspect she never intended to reveal she lost weight through this procedure and for some reason, just recently decided it was in her ( and Don’s ) best interest to get ahead of this story before…….? I don’t know, before someone else dropped the bomb on her maybe. Who would rat her out? I don’t know. I don’t think it is odd that she was quiet about Perricone not working for her until AFTER that episode aired, that part makes sense, but she tweeted a pic of her new, slimmer figure and credited HIM just WEEKS ago. Why would she credit HIM and his methods if she knew she was planning on revealing the whole lapband thing within a month?? Keeping quiet about one method not working before a certain episode airs makes her look discreet; ACTIVELY tweeting and posting, praising the methods of a dr whose plan didn’t work for her makes her look like a LIAR. At a minimum, there’s more to this story, I think. I still feel badly for her. Making her weight struggles a storyline for her mother was a BAD idea and Don, being the loving, omniscient mommy that she is, should have known that and advised her against it. If Lauren wanted to lose weight – GREAT! But making it her MOTHER’S central storyline this season just set her up for all this grief. I get that she doesn’t want to be constantly asked about it and monitored by the public, but then don’t make it a storyline on the reality show you’re on. If she lost weight and someone noticed and asked about it, all she had to say was ” Yes, I think I have lost a little. Thanks for noticing.” Boom. Done. No grief. No further explanation required. Let Caroline get her own frickin’ storyline!

        I keep thinking that Lauren and Albie must have had a serious sit-down with Critterfur and told him it’s NOW HIS turn to reveal some private, painful humiliation for Mommy Don’s reality show. With Albie’s law school debacle and Lauren’s weight loss troubles, they’ve taken their hits for the team. Critterfur, it’s YOUR turn now. Whaddaya got? Some rare form of erectile dysfunction that happens to men in their 20s maybe? Mommy Don needs a storyline! She can only wipe so many counters! She can only scowl at Teresa so many times!

        • Hmmmm …I could’t agree more regarding….welll…all of it :-)) As for Critterfur’s new storyline….Critterfur and Greggy’s .. relationship?? Has anyone noticed how somber Albie and Chris look this season? Caroline and Lauren bitchy all the time, da boys all somber and Albert MIA…something is up

          • And BTW….I just noticed Greggy’s twitter account

            Greg Bennett‏@GreggyBennett
            Room Mate/Mister of @Chris_Manzo & @AlbieManzo, Father/Slave to @Deloris_DvC

            That’s a rather interesting way of putting it. Whose ‘Mister’ is he? Mr. Albie or Mr. Critterfur?

  7. I can’t believe no one has mentioned this yet….I wonder how much Lauren was paid for the interview??? Why isn’t The Don, Jax and Mego crying that she posed for pictures and did an interview for money? How dare she.

    • To be fair ….. There’s no real comparison I doing one interview to explain a huge change we will see anyway as opposed to 25 photo spreads for articles Tree admitted not knowing the subject of.

    • That is how she paid for the surgery. Probably borrowed money from her mom and is paying her back from the funds from her marketing her story. She might have fixed the outside but that hasn’t solved the bitterness and self-esteem issues she has brewing on the inside.

      • Lauren said on her twitter account that she did not get paid for the story!!! Well why didn’t she? If she did, there would be nothing wrong with it. I think she got paid. If she did not, she should have.

      • Lauren gets paid for appearing on RHNJ, since she is an adult. All the Manzoids get paid. Ashlee got paid – that’s how she could move to California.

    • Good question. Especially since the one thing that most people think about when reading that is Caroline’s UN-admitted to lapband. Since everybody knows Don dont want to address it seems like she would be pissed at her daughter for not sticking to the “portion-control” lie. Both Don and Lauren shed about the same about of weight. prolly not the numbers that they are reporting but the shrinkage level was the same. So if Lauren found a doctor to do hers when she wasn’t morbidly obese then yall know Caroline went the same route. I also dont believe she got the band surgically untightened. I think it stretched just like her momma’s did. As long as Lauren is happy with it then that all that matters.

      • This is all true, but what i really think is she just needs to get laid!!! Lol im sorry i just had to throw that out there and change it up a little. TY.

        • That would help. She needs to go get her some strange cause I dont think her husband has the time.

          • I don’t think he likes to put on beer goggles and snort Viagra so much now that he’s lost weight, beer has alot of carbs. They could switch spouses with Ken and Lisa from BH for a while, maybe then Ken could get some and Lisa could get some rest.

  8. I met a woman who said her entire staff of school office employees had the surgery. She lost over 300 pounds. Her lapband was so small, she could not take a tablet of vicodin but needed codeine liquid. She had complications, though, and needed a liver stent. She was so pleased but she looked ill and gaunt. Lauren looks good. I wonder what Dr Perricone thinks, he must have sold her his line of skin treatment. He said you can sell a woman anything, if you tell her she will look younger. That was in his early days when he worked with models.

  9. Mama and Lauren going to Dr. Perricone. Guess what – his diet meant self-control. She took the easy way out (for now).

    • OK i need to adress this “easy way out” Weight loss surgery is anything but easy You still have to diet you still have to excersize after lap band you still cannot stuff you face with whatever you want and the weight come off Lap band enforces portion control
      but you still have to eat well and excersize.
      I have pondered using Gastric bypass or lap band my DR said we would recomend either but after research its not for me at this time. People need to stop thinking its some easy pill and the easy way out because its not in some ways its harder.

  10. They didn’t even try the “portion control” bullshit explanation like Caroline did.

    Will chubby Chritterfur be next?

    Lapbands for all!

    • You know, getting a lapband DOES enforce “portion control”. :-) A lot of ppl thought Caroline was engaging in a little word play with that explanation of how SHE lost weight.

      • Definitely enforces portion control. When my co-worker, Mario, had his done he was only able to eat a handful of food at a time after a month or so.

  11. I think this is ridiculous. She is young and able bodied. She does not have a chronic illness and was not obese to the extent where weight loss would be so lengthy of a venture that it outweighed the pros vs. cons to to go the regular route. Here’s ‘reality’. She did not have the motivation and mindset to adhere to a healthy weight loss plan. I would also not be surprised if her transformation is part of this Season (at least the decision process up to the procedure). Finally, “‘Something wasn’t right with me” (She says). What wasn’t right with her is that her parents drew her into national television and completely hammered any shred of self confidence that she had. They tore her down with words and left her in a puddle, and I personally do not care for her but we all saw it happen on our televisions. Words cut. When you talk down to an overweight or obese person, here’s a clue. It either leads them to overeating or not eating at all. Real healthy and real smart, Manzoids. Oh, but their daughter is thin, now. So, I suppose it’s all good.. Lapbands are not passed out freely, and I’m shocked that any physician would green light this unless there were specific underlying issues that we’re not clued into. Doubtful, because if she had a medical issue, I’m sure they would have played that up bigtime! It’s obvious that she has some aspect of counseling needed and was not adhering to a quality diet (the crap diets that Bravo gifted her, I’m certain, do not count!) How sad.

    • Well said Anna! You said what I was trying to say, only more eloquently! “What wasn’t right” with her was reality tv and being born to a terrible mother who didn’t have her best interest at heart.

    • I think her brothers let fame go to their head, and they have become stuck up. They look down on her and make fun of her. That plus the tons of messages she gets from the public telling her she is fat and ugly. She should not have been put on the show. In the first season didn’t Caro and Dad Albert call her stupid??? This is why she lost whatever self confidence she had.

    • Lap bands are less evasive then Gastric bypass and they can be reversed unlike gastric bypass which is why people prefer them.

  12. I knew someone who had lapband surgery like maybe 5 yrs ago. I didn’t know her that well, so I didn’t get all the details about what insurance paid for and what she had to do to get approved. I do know she was probably only 30 lbs heavier than Lauren BUT she was like 45 at the time and experiencing obesity-related healthy issues. I also know she experienced a lot of side effects of the surgery and hated her life for a good 6 months (mostly because she had to get used to eating 2 cubic centimeters worth of food at a sitting). How did I know this if I didn’t know her well? Because she was SO depressed, she talked to me about it at a school function. I said “Wow, you look great!” and she proceeded to tell me all about how miserable she was. She was like a shell of her former self, all vulnerable and weepy. My point in telling this story is, there are DOWNSIDES and CONS to this surgery. Again ( I know, I’m ranting ) it just seems CRAZY to me to put a TWENTY-THREE year old through this unless he/she is like 400lbs. I think Caroline really did a number on this poor girl.

    • I have Kaiser Insurance my plan will pay for Weight loss surgery if you meet the critria however you have to go thru about a yr of classes and Psychological couseling before the surgery. Once you lose the weight if you need plastic surgery you are on your own which kinda sucks

    • It is crazy. I had a friend who had it and lost a lot of weight. Then he got a gray pallor to his skin, and he looks very unhealthy. But he was obese and he was a true candidate for the surgery. I say malpractice. And very inappropriate.

  13. I am going to have to tweet this story to Wendy Williams!! Last week (or the week before) on her show she “reported” that she saw Caroline, Jacqueline, and Lauren at a gala or something the previous night and that they confirmed to her that Lauren DID NOT have lapband surgery!! LOL!!

    • Lauren also tweeted a pic of her new, slimmer figure saying ” Thank you Dr Perricone! You made me happy again.” or something like that right after the episode where she went to see him. She just admitted to us all those ” fad diets” she was trying at the time didn’t WORK.

  14. Hmmmm, so, in other words, she DID lie.

    They’re Manzos, what do you expect. They could try to blame it on T, I guess.

  15. Insurance will pay if your BMI is over 35. She’s not that heavy,but still a candidate. She’s maybe a 33 BMI,which is a high risk. If she weighed 200 lb,it might have been covered (morbidly obese). She’s definitely paid out of pocket.

  16. I’m surprised everyone is being so harsh about this. Yes, Lauren is young but it’s her decision to make. She didn’t “take the easy way out”. She is dieting and exercising. The weight loss surgery is a tool that helps in losing weight – it’s not a magic bullet. She could drink milk shakes and not lose a pound. And if she really was 185 pounds (which seems on the low side), her BMI would be about 32, which is considered obese. She wants to lose weight while she’s still young enough to have minimal loose skin. Her dad did the procedure. Caroline probably did it too, although she won’t admit it. And Caroline was definitely not as overweight as Lauren. I personally wouldn’t choose the lap band because of all the complications and the filling required but hey, it’s her life and her decision.

    • I think people are just pissed at the Manzo’s philosophy,”Do as I say,not as I do”. Calling people cowards like they do is just hypocritical. Now I don’t think lap band surgery is taking the easy way out,but some do. Kind of like how some people think the G’s filing bankruptcy was taking the easy way out. Every choice you make has a consequence.

    • Caroline was very heavy at the end of season 1. Look at the table flipping episode she became HUGE. She then lost it all and more in a short amount of time. She def had lap band and lied. There is nothing wrong with getting it. It is annoying that she lies.

  17. Lap Band surgery was and still is the best thing I EVER did for myself (in 2007). I recommend it to anyone who is struggling with obesity and the effects of it (physical, emotional, physiological….). It is a tool to help you BECAUSE you need help. Successful Lap banders will tell you that it NOT the easy way out. As for Lauren—I hope she has the same success that I have had. Although, the fact that she already had it “loosened” a bit makes me wonder……

    • Glad it worked for you. Now educate us..what do you mean when you say the “loosening” made you wonder.

      • I know I wasn’t the poster you were asking, but thought I’d give it a shot. From what I understand, you have a port (yes, sticking out of your skin!) that allows the doctor to add or remove saline from the band. This increases or decreases the amount of restriction. So Lauren loosening the band means she can eat more.

        And I think it’s pretty obvious that someone who makes the decision to get a lap band is because they don’t have self control; they need something that forces them to restrict their food intake. Sounds like some here would prefer she wait till she’s at 300 pounds. If you can lose the necessary weight through diet and exercise, that’s wonderful. But not everyone can do that. If it makes her healthy, what difference does it make? (Although I still think Caroline and Lauren are pretty awful.)

        • ^^ YES Dieting is hard weither you have surgery or not Lap band and such is not some easy fix you still HAVE TO WORK AT IT.

    • Congrats on your success. I fear that Lauren will have a tough row to hoe given the environment she lives in. I think caroline’s has not been the long term success she was hoping for either and this ABOVE ALL ELSE is probably what is contributing to her nasty disposition. But of coarse since she wont admit to it then she has to blame her irritability on menopause and the ever ready-made scape goat Tree.
      Also Caroline NOT admitting to it is a major missed opportunity for her. Given the large number of people that struggle with obesity. She could have hit the talk show circuit and paid(KEY)public speaking events if she would have managed it the right way. She could have gotten countless magazine covers out of it-given America’s obsession with weight and numbers and sizes. And I am sure she would have found a way to develop a line of ready to go healthy snacks that people with tiny stomachs need. She aint got no one to blame but herself.
      On Lauren’s twitter the other day someone called her a skinny bitch(praising her) and I am thinking she could develop a make-up line called Skinny Bitch targeted to those gals that are just emerging out in the world with new self esteem after a weight loss. Plus it uses that word Skinny so…

      • Look how Long it took Star Jones to admit she had “surgical intervention” is really our business if they have it or not is it owed to us.

        • I see your point. But from the HW franchise point of view I just see it as a missed opportunity for her to cash in on America’s obsession with weight loss and the disposable income that flows because of that. She could have gone in an entirely different direction is alls I’m saying.
          The very magazines that pay for these stories are also the ones that make SURE they put every actresses height and weight alongside each picture. They do it to the chubby actresses and they do it to the skinny actresses. Giving girls a “number” to attach all their insecurities to. I think its irresponsible but Caroline could have used it to make money as well as perhaps alleviate some of the stigma that is attached to this type of procedure. As someone who has dieted since I was 9 years old and has more issues than tissues I see the need that Caroline could have capitalized on.

        • Lisa the Irish Dragon – I can’t say I’ve ever agreed with anything you’ve ever posted – until now. You’re right. We are not OWED an explanation about her private life or even anything she decides to talk about on the show. I don’t think that’s what anyone is saying. SHE chose to make her weight loss struggle a CENTRAL storyline. This wasn’t a stray comment about her weight that ppl pounced on. This is a WHOLE STORYLINE. This involved a complicated decision making process, lots of producer interviews, calculation, forethought, consideration and she got not final edit, but the final say on what she would and wouldn’t talk about. So no, we are still not OWED an explanation. She’s FREE to say ” Okay, enough. It’s none of your business anymore.” But she can’t complain ( in my opinion ) that ppl are asking the questions and giving their opinions on what she threw out for discussion on national television and US Weekly.

    • A fellow Lap-Bander! I had my surgery in July 2006 and have had great success. I still miss eating bread and I still have food get “stuck” often, but it has been worth it. Do you still have trouble with some foods? Aside from bread, I also have issues with tomatoes and noodles.

  18. I don’t know why the Manzoids/Lauritas find it so difficult to admit they’ve had lap band surgery. Why the big secret?

    • To admit it would be to admit that they are lazy and not willing to work hard at anything. Not once did I ever see Lauren reference trying to really work at losing the weight.

    • Because they don’t want to admit how lazy they are. This explains why they are so angry that Teresa is so successful. They were complaining that she stole their marketing ideas, etc, the way I see it, they were just too dang lazy to pursue their ideas and Teresa went out and made it happen. That is the real bug that is up all their lazy arses!

      • Why do people think getting lap band is easy, You still have to diet you still have to excersise Its not a easy fix or a lazy one you dont get it them lay back and eat bon bons while the weight comes off

  19. as a 25 year old woman who has lost 110 lbs with the help of weight watchers i think Lauren took the easy way out. Im sorry but surgery cant fix the problem, it will never be able to. You need to be ready to lose weight and want to lose the weight! People like this give younger people the notion that if you dont have the will power get surgery….which is NOT REALISTIC. Trust me. IT will all come back on and more. For me weight watchers is not a diet its a lifestyle change. If anyone is looking to loose weight and figure out a game plan that works to keep it off i HIGHLY recommend ww :)

    • Yep,I agree. Sometimes you need to fix the inside before you fix the outside. WW is a way of life,lol.

    • I agree with you 100%. Lauren took the easy Manzo way out. I know people with lapbands and they were obese and chose the surgery as a last resort..Eeyore, I mean Lauren is just chubby and has a very defeated attitude about EVERYTHING. I predict failure for her lapband.

      • what drives me crazy is yes, she was obese, NOT MORBIDLY OBESE! I really think that these surgeries should be for people who have tried absolutly everything and anything and surgery would be their only option to survive! This is the problem with the world today, everyone wants it now and doesnt want to work for it! I am SO PROUD of my accomplishment and i know i wouldnt be as proud if I had done surgery to fix my problem!

      • to me surgery is for those who have tried everything and anything to loose the weight. It should be the persons last option! Everyone wants it now and no one wants to work for it these days! Im so proud of myself and idk if i would be as proud if i would have had a lapband. I wonder what will happen to her when she decides to have children? I have a 2 year old and she was my main reason to loose the weight. I didnt want her growing up with a fat mom. I now have the ability to get pregnant and stay in control and not gain an insane amount of weight like the last time i was pregnant. I hope lauren will be able to do the same.

    • You are correct. You have to change your thinking and lifestyle for long term health. And it seems to me that her thinking is an issue. The Manzos are obsessed with food, Caro posts her meals on Facebook constantly. And I’m sorry, but at 23, I could diet and lose 3 lbs a week just by cutting out fatty foods, and I do not have a fast metabolism.

      • I have kept the weight off for over a year now. The mental process of losing weight is a crazy one too. For a long time I still saw the old me, I really can’t fathom how small I am until i see pictures and than it hits me. For the rest of my life I will always have that little voice in my head saying, keep losing you still aren’t small enough. Im afraid that im not the only one with that little voice. I just hope lauren can handle all the physical and mental changes she is going to under go. If you dont have a good support team it can make it that much more tough, i feel though now that lauren is smaller her mother will be more there for her….

  20. I am glad that Lauren has taken the steps to get healthy. It is scary at such a young age, however, and yes she could have restricted her diet and exercised. While 185 isn’t “that” high of a weight, is Lauren even 5’2″? That much weight on such a small person is dangerous. At 5’7 I look heavy at 185, I can’t imagine how that looks on a small person. I wish her luck with her lapband and continuing her program!

  21. Shouldn’t Dumpy Don Caro share some of the blame for Lauren’s obesity problems – I mean she did raise her by feeding her FRIED meatballs!

    It’s a good thing Don Caro did not come out with a cook book – seeing all the weight issues her family suffers from wouldn’t convince me to buy it.

  22. Goodness gracious folks You all gave her a hard time because she was fat, now she lost the weight looks great and you give her a hard time for how she did it …pick a side for heavens sake.

    • you’re right. actually, ive put on a few pounds. ill respond more in depth once i finish throwing up my dinner. who cares if im balimic as long as i look great (right?)

    • Lisa, to be fair, alot of us said we thought Lauren was beautiful the way she was. I think the critique is more about the fact that her mother made her feel so insecure about herself that she did something so very drastic at such a young age. I think it is sad that they said so many negative things about her weight that she was desperate enough to do something like this. I feel bad for her that I watched her for a whole season and she was miserable over 30 lbs. and it took a major surgery and putting her health on the line to get a genuine smile out of her(magazine cover). The hypocrisy involved in this whole situation reguarding Carloine is paletable. This season I heard more about Lauren’s weight than her ability as a professional in the beauty industry. Should that not be the focus of her life, her accomplishments? The most important thing we can teach our daughters is confidence, whith out it they are prey to all the bad people and pitfalls of the world. I think this young lady has been undermined her whole life and been made to feel that her physical looks define who she is as a person and that is NOT right. They have done her no favors with this philosophy as we all loose our looks eventually, beauty fades. Does anyone remember in the first season Lauren is sitting in the back yard with her parents discussing going to beauty school and how she wanted to do make up. Caroline was telling her she had to learn it all so she could have her own salon. Caroline and Albert were laughing at Lauren because they thought she was stupid. Talking head Caroline even tells us so in her face to audience camera interview. She has really done a great wrong with this attidtude. I belive that is what most of the sentiment on this thread is reffering to , it’s sad.

  23. I think this is ridiculous to have a lapband procedure when she’s not even 30. In high school, i weighed a maximum of 315 pounds, graduated at 275 pounds. Yes, the weight caused physical and emotional pain. I was bullied and taunted too. But guess what? I was 18 years old. No career, no children, no health problems that would prevent me from getting off my behind and losing weight. And i did it. I lost 100 pounds in about a year and a half in a healthy way. I’m not saying weight loss is that easy for everyone, even younger women. But if I could lose 100 pounds in that time frame, 45 of which i lost from portion control and walking daily in the first 6 months, surely she could’ve gotten her behind up and done the same. My family is big on food, as well. Everytime i turn around there’s cookies laying around. But I control myself. I turn 21 this summer, the weight is still off, with the exception of some muscle mass I put on. But Lauren is a Manzo. Take no accountablity or work hard. PS: She STILL didn’t get the main cover story, paid or not!

    • Oh, and i almost forgot: losing weight does NOT make you more confident! Confidence is a state of mind, not body! Lauren can get down to a size 2 and when she looks in the mirror, she’ll still see a little flab on her arms she wants to get rid of, or a “pouch” in her lower abdomin that just won’t flatten. You can’t accept who you become if you never accepted who you were. I hope she gets/has gotten some type of therapy. Dramatic weight loss in people with depression or who were never comfortable with their bodies can lead to eating disorders. Ok, I’m finished preaching lol

    • Lana: WOW!!! That is truly an accomplishment! You have amazing self-discipline, which is lacking in all da Manzoids. We are all clapping for you… it’s good to feel good about yourself; especially when you do it yourself! TFC!! SH

  24. UMMMMMMMMMMMMMM why even bother coming out with this?? First of all, at 23 you can lose 30 lbs. You have a freakin gym in your house!!!!!!! Second, the only people ive heard of getting this surgery are people who are SEVERLY overweight. It has the highest death rate of any “cosmetic” procedure. You already had to get the band loosened??? This is a complete mess. Plus this chick is rude and annoying and they dont make bands for that. She should have just lied and denied like DonCaro.

    • She needs to lose more then 30 lbs to be considered in the range (she wants to be a lollypop head though,lol) Gastric Bypass is what I think you might be thinking of. Lap band is different. Gastric is what you might have seen on TLC’s 600lb woman. Gastric surgery looks horrific.

      • ohhh you are right, that is what im thinking off. I mantain my stance this was lazy as hell. Its not like it changes anything about your body except you physically are forced to eat less. have some freaking self control.

        • You guys are correct on this one! Lapband or Gastric will make you lose weight but your self confidence & your eating habits are in your brain! I have a good friend that had gastric way back in the day & he has almost died 3 or 4 times from it. there have been holes, seepage, etc. It’s been a nightmare. Also, my mom had the lapband and it IRKS me to no end that she does not get it! You have to change your eating habits/lifestyle in order to maintain the loss. My mom continues to eat poorly & her band is stretched—DUH! She also drinks too much (that has not gone away). It makes me mad because I suffered from anorexia & bulimia growing up & to see people with the Lapband eating too much then having to go to the DR to get it vaccuumed out or intentionally puke just sets me off!

          The only way Lauren is going to feel better about herself is getting away from her Mother & Brothers. It’s sad to me that her boyfriend does not stand up to them. Gee, you’re marrying your brothers best friend & he’s a puss? Red flag anyone? Her family is toxic & she will never have self confidence while she continues to have that close of a relationship with them.

        • If you are an emotional eater the lap band’s probably not going to work.I personally think being very heavy is just a symptom of something else going on,not just bc you like to eat. She seems to be really restricting her diet ,which is really hard to maintain. I’m skinny but like my carbs a LOT. I now have to eat gluten free,it’s sooooo freakin hard. The only reason I can contol myself is I feel really awful if I don’t.

  25. I think its worth mentioning the different standards of beauty that northern NJ has from the rest of the USA, except Hollywood. I’m NOT trying to be condescending, so please accept my apologies ahead of time if you get offended or upset by this BUT it is the case the NNJ has the same body type issues as NYC, since we are so close. You have heard “she’s skinny, but not ‘New York’ skinny”? Same standards apply to NNJ. I was born and raised here and have lived here as well as several other cities during graduate school, and have traveled to about 46 states, (women’s studies was my field, btw) and the standard of beauty greatly changes from place to place. So, to the viewer, yes, L’s family is VERY harsh BUT that’s COMPLETELY normal, in MY experience, for women in the NNJ area. There are very strict expectations of beauty here, which is puzzling, since you would think since its so metropolitan(here and NYC) that it would be more open minded, but to me, its one of the most closed-minded places in the USA.

    As you can tell, I can go on and on, but a few things are that women ALWAYS have to be wearing makeup, or people ask you if you’re sick. This is also the place where women wear sweatsuits with ankle length fur coats and all their diamond jewelry to the mall. Trust me, women who are not model skinny are, in my experience, considered fat and unattractive.

    If you are from eastern NNJ, maybe you will disagree, but before you do, I urge you to consider my points.

    • I live in North Central NJ and have logged a lot of time at Short Hills Mall. I agree with you. We moved here 20 years ago from South Jersey and I never saw so many thin women with great clothes and hair. My family says I’ve changed since I moved here LOL.

  26. LOL. I’m from Wayne/Franklin Lakes. I now live far south,but still NJ. Very,very different ! True you don’t see a lot of pajama pant’s worn at the Market Basket or the Short Hills mall. You will see a lot of inappropriate dressing going on for the ladies over 40 though.

  27. I’m not even going to read her lies…How many times I saw tweets from other young ladies saying they were doing what Fat-mouth was doing with those disgusting egg drinks. LIAR’S I don’t even want to look at the those uneducated losers anymore. Wonder who paid for her fat=band.

  28. OMG!! Did she discuss a magazine cover and interview with her mom’s close friend Teresa? I mean surely she didn’t just decide to sell some photos without running it by all the family and friends. This better be part of Season 5 so everyone can sling there -2cents worth.Sorry. Just Could NOT resist!

  29. MS. SH is that last picture from people of walmart ? Oh… if I didn’t see the crack I couldn’t tell front or back.

    • Oh, Annie, honestly!
      I truly cannot believe a girl/woman left the house with that on! I am completely flummoxed as to what exactly went on in her head when she chose to don those too-small shorts. I wish I was privy to her inner conversation — if only for enlightenment into the minds of the lost!

      • Oy,I know. The people of walmart site makes me wanna cry. I love me some WM but, I have seen some pretty scarey people shopping there. I told my bf that I walk out of there feeling pretty damn good about my self sometimes. But…it’s giving me a false sense of hotness.

  30. Isn’t this classic Manzo? Screaming at and blaming Teresa for not discussing, sharing, what’s bothering her or going on in her life – yet they do the same thing.

    Whatever tiny shred of credibility the Manzo family – Caroline et al – had is now completely gone. Lauren busted them all. What idiots.

    I don’t care that she had surgery. I care that she lied about the benefits of the stupid treatment that doctor gave her – liquid diet or whatever it was. Then she crowed about him on twitter. Obviously got paid for all that. And now, suddenly, oh I had lap band surgery. Liars, all of them.

    • Nope she was heavy enough,anything over 35 BMI is considered acceptable. If she had health issues weight related insurance might pay. I think it’s FDA regulated. People go out of the country (Mexico) to get it done if they don’t meet the BMI standard.

      • Some doctors will do anything for money. Do you think it was ethical to destroy Michael Jackson’s face. All she had to find was an unethical gastrointerologist. Simple.

  31. Good for Lauren for doing something she feels is right for her — and being OK to let people know she did it. That’s a terrific first two-step!

    And she does look as lovely as I always thought she really can look – a pretty face is a pretty face. Now she looks more like her beloved Dad than ever (oh, those big brown eyes…).

    WARNING: Sentimentality ahead:
    I look like my dad and miss him so so much to this day; he left us right after Thanksgiving 2010 – so dang hard to live with still. I’m sensitive to baby daughters and their dads (I’m the baby and only daughter too) – so forgive me, y’all, for my moment of … sentimental emotion; I guess it never really goes away?

  32. If a size 6 Betsey Johnson fits someone 5’3, 155 pounds, what size does Kate Middleton wear? A -6?

    • It seems that in NJ there are a whole different set of dress sizes than the rest of the world apperently Caroline wears a size 4

  33. I know little about weight loss surgeries, but from reading some of the comments, it sounds like the lap band surgery is adjustable, but is the gastric bypass surgery adjustable or reversible? I’m also curious if there’s different guidelines or benchmarks for permitting one surgery over the other.

    I’ve heard that weight watchers helps a lot of people take off weight and keep it off.

    • Both the lap band and gastric bypass are reversible. The lap band can cause a lot of problem like slipping, scar tissue, eating into the stomach, etc. It’s actually kind of scary. That was what bothered me most about reading this. Lauren could potentially have some issues down the road because of this. I just hope it’s the kick start she needs to maintain a healthy weight and can get it removed before it does any harm.

  34. This is what irritates me…..”Lauren only eats protein and vegetables, having cut out sugar, carbs and fat. If she drinks, she shuns sugar-loaded wine for vodka, and works out six days a week thanks to the help of a personal trainer”…….then why get the BELT? This shows that DIET AND EXERCISE are the key, so WHY THE BELT.??

    • It wouldn’t surprise me if its a plot by the Manzoids to become spokes-people for lapband. Just another desperate ploy to try to endorse some product and make money…

  35. I am calling Bullshit on the Betsey Johnson size 6 shorts. I am obsessed with Betsey Johnson clothes–have a wardrobe full of them and even got to meet her when I was in Vegas last summer (great lady, by the way). I am normally a size 6, but her clothes run small and I ususally need an 8 or a 10 when I buy Betsey Johnson…and I am half the size of Lauren Manzo–even post lapband.

    • In the immortal words of my sainted mother “just because you can get something on doesn’t mean it fits, and even if it fits that doesn’t mean it looks good.”

  36. These people all want to think they live a life of excess…what’s wrong with a little hard work? Lauren doesn’t do too much from what I’ve seen…what is so difficult for people to understand – go the the gym and eat healthy? ANYONE can lose weight that way. Lauren is unmotivated and lazy. She is too young to have this kind of procedure without trying a different (realistic) route. Why not hire a personal trainer instead?? She’s going to end up looking like a fool (like her mother) when they both gain the weight back. They will not be able to keep the weight off permanently because they are not going to permanently change their exercise and food habits. I wish Caroline would get booted already!!!! She will be the next Jill Zarin LOL!

  37. It’s sad that all she cares about is being thin – not being healthy. It really seems like there is something else going on there….losing weight doesn’t solve all your problems girlfriend!

  38. I have commented earlier in this post.

    I think a lot of us are not against an individual choosing surgery for weight loss, sometimes that is the only option if your doctor tells you that you are risking serious health problems if the weight does not get off very soon. Two of my former co-workers were in serious health situations and had the surgery – they are now healthier.

    I think the negative comments about Lauren’s weight loss is that Caroline took her to see Dr. Perricone for diet advice. A portion of the show was devoted to the doctor’s visit. And we were all led to believe that Lauren was losing weight only by following Dr. Perricone’s diet advice (berries and egg whites were featured prominently in the the doctor’s visit).

    And that’s the problem for a lot of us. Lauren was not straightforward and stated that she elected to get lap band surgery to assist in her weight loss. And it appears Caroline had lap band surgery but was stating that it was diet and exercise that resulted in her weight loss. And we know that Daddy Manzo had lap band surgery (it was admitted).

    It’s the misrepresentation that angered some of the viewers. I wish Lauren well.

    • Lauren said she did infact lost 15 lbs using his diet and had the surgery in the fall
      The Dr visits were filmed in the summertime it was only after filming stopped did she decide to do the lap band.

  39. I just think it’s disgusting that Lauren has been duping a lot of people into thinking that the myofusion shakes are how she lost a bunch of weight up until this article came out. I think it was last week on Twitter that ppl were asking about the shakes, telling her she looked great, and asking how much they were. A lot of people were telling her they went out and bought the stuff (at like $45.99 a canister I believe?) because they wanna look like her. She was putting up pics and replying it was the shakes.Then this week it’s pretty much like “Hehe, sorry guys, it was really Lapband!” So now you’ve got all of these people who were led to believe it was the myofusion who now find out it was pretty much a scam while she was off getting surgery. I don’t know if the shakes really work, but for her to let ppl believe they did for her when she was really getting Lapband is wrong. While I don’t believe that Lapband is the “easy way out”, I do think in her case she should have tried some exercise or something first. Let’s not forget when her & her brothers were in their basement gym, she did like 3 sit ups and was begging to get out of her training session. She ended up hitting a punching bag for like 2 minutes instead and left. I just think she should have tried a little harder on her own before choosing surgery, that’s all.

  40. Pure laziness! She didn’t want to do it through diet and exercise. That family is truly miserable-Caroline can’t hide her misery anymore. Are we really supposed to believe she didn’t have the lap band done too? Caroline can’t seem to wrap her head around the way her “perfect” family came off to viewers-mediocre and boring!

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