This documentary series is filmed from Sunderland's Royal Hospital, where its specialist ward for the morbidly obese treats patients who are seeking surgery to battle their weight gain.

Focusing on one of the busiest NHS obesity units in the UK, Weight Loss Ward follows the personal stories of the patients, their journeys to losing weight, possible reasons behind their weight gain, the reality of gastric surgery and its consequences.

The series also gives a unique insight into the challenges faced by the ward's 50 specialist hospital staff in getting patients to lose weight, to keep it off, and the tasks they face in performing surgery on them.

Weight Loss Ward - Netflix

Type: Documentary

Languages: English

Status: To Be Determined

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2012-12-12

Weight Loss Ward - Ann Wilson - Netflix

Ann Dustin Wilson (born June 19, 1950) is an American musician, best known as the lead singer and songwriter of the hard rock band Heart. Wilson was listed as one of the “Top Heavy Metal Vocalists of All Time” by Hit Parader magazine in 2006. Wilson has a dramatic soprano vocal range.

Weight Loss Ward - Personal life - Netflix

During the 1970s, Wilson was in a relationship with Michael Fisher, the manager of Heart, while Nancy was involved with lead guitarist Roger Fisher, Michael's younger brother. Both couples controlled the band. In 1979, the relationships ended; Ann stated that Michael had fallen in love with another woman and they parted. Wilson adopted her daughter Marie in 1991 and her son Dustin in 1998. As a child, Wilson was bullied for being overweight. She revealed that in the 1970s and into the early 1980s she would starve herself and use diet pills to stay thin. By the time Heart made a comeback in the mid-1980s, Wilson had gained a significant amount of weight. Fearing that Heart's lead singer's figure would compromise the band's image, record company executives and band members began pressuring her to lose weight. In music videos, camera angles and clothes were often used to minimize her size, and more focus was put on the more slender Nancy. Ann stated she began suffering from stress-related panic attacks due to the negative publicity surrounding her weight. She underwent a weight-loss surgery called “adjustable gastric band” in January 2002 after what she calls “a lifelong battle” with her weight. In November 2009, Ann collapsed. Her sister went with her to the doctor, where Ann received news that she had liver problems resulting from drinking. While she had stopped using drugs at the birth of her daughter, she had increased her drinking; Nancy and other family members and crew had been concerned for some time. They planned to confront her about it, and had even built a break into the tour to allow for treatment. Ann ultimately got therapy on her own. In the band's 2012 autobiography, Wilson revealed her past struggles with cocaine and alcoholism. She stated she has been sober since 2009. Wilson married Dean Wetter in April 2015. The pair dated briefly in the 1980s before rekindling their relationship years later.

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