We've been huge fans of Randy Jackson ever since the musician and TV personality first sat down as a panel judge on the hit show American Idol. But as any Randy Jackson fan would notice, the star has been looking noticeably trimmer since then.
The star's weight peaked at 350 pounds in the early 2000s, but his struggle with obesity began long before then. As a child in Louisiana in the 1960s, he grew up eating delicious yet fatty foods like sausage and grits and bread pudding. But everything changed during his early days at American Idol, when he got the type 2 diabetes diagnosis. When Jackson got the news about his health, it was a big wakeup call for him to begin his weight loss journey. And what a journey it was!
Randy Jackson has lost more than 100 pounds since then by undergoing gastric bypass surgery and developing a much healthier relationship with food.
“For the old Dawg, a holiday party was a chance to have something to eat, drink, and be merry, but the new Randy does not drink or eat at parties,” Jackson said in a 2008 interview with WebMD.
Now this isn't to say that Jackson is only eating raw lettuce leaves now; he's learned how to cook healthier versions of some of his favorite Southern comfort foods, like low-fat sweet potato pie and salt-free Cajun spice bread. It was challenging for him to be around so many tempting unhealthy options, especially while on the road working on Idol. But clearly, he proved himself to be more than ready for the challenge.
“It’s all about being aware of who you are, knowing your body, and accepting that,” Jackson said.
More than a decade later, Jackson is looking better and healthier than ever before. See Randy Jackson's weight-loss journey for yourself in the video below.