Al Roker’s weight loss explains why the famous NBC weatherman pooped his pants at the White House, a Chicago surgeon says.
Roker revealed earlier this month that he pooped his pants while on a visit to the White House a while back, and he suspected that his 2002 gastric bypass surgery had something to do with it.
Al Roker explained to Dateline:
“When you have a bypass and your bowels [have] been reconstructed, you think you’re pretty safe. And I probably went off and ate something I wasn’t supposed to. And as I’m walking to the press room. I gotta pass a little gas here. I’m walking by myself. Who’s gonna know? Only a little something extra came out. I pooped my pants. Not horribly, but enough that I knew.”
Dr. Bipan Chand, director Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care, who was not involved in Roker’s surgery, confirmed what the NBC television personality believed. Al Roker’s weight loss led to a phenomenon known as “dumping.”
“One might be a gastrointestinal process that includes consumption of a high sugar load that leads to intestinal influx of fluid,” Chand said in a statement. “This can lead to diarrhea as well as vomiting and can occur in many post-Roux-en-Y gastric bypass patients but does not occur in all of them.”
Chand said it wasn’t necessarily Al Roker’s weight loss that caused the dumping episode, UPI reported. Dumping can also occur from an “overestimation of the amount of insulin the body needs to process the same sugar load will not lead to intestinal symptoms but to rapid fluctuations in blood sugar,” he said.