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Karin Lillis

Karin Lillis is managing editor of EndoNurse magazine and a contributing writer for Infection Control Today. She has more than 20 years of experience in health, news and business publishing-from community-based daily newspapers to clinical nursing and other magazines. She graduated from DeSales University with a degree in English/Communications.

So, Why Did Al Roker Poop His Pants?


Celebrity weatherman Al Roker recently released a book about how his life has been improved by bariatric surgery. In the book and while promoting it, Roker shared that after the surgery, he once, well, pooped his pants. At the White House.

The White House!

You just know you want to call it the Brown House now. I know I'm tempted.

So there Al is, at a White House event during the George W. Bush administration, and when he thinks he's going to pass gas, he passes poop. In his pants! Life is cruel.

"When you have a bypass and your bowel's been reconstructed, you think you're pretty safe," Roker told Dateline. "And I probably went off and ate something I wasn't supposed to. And as I'm walking to the press room, well, I gotta pass a little gas here, so I'm walking by myself, who's gonna know? Only a little something extra came out."

Poor Al. He went to the bathroom, shed his underwear and went commando the rest of the event. Sounds like he recouped, but he still had to reconcile with the fact that he pooped his pants.

Why did this accident happen? One bariatric expert thinks he knows why.

Bipan Chand, MD, director Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care, has performed more than 2,000 bariatric procedures. Chand did not perform Roker's surgery, but said the soiling was most likely due to a condition called "dumping" (pun?). Dumping can be caused by a large consumption of sugar that leads to intestinal influx of fluid.

“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.

He added, “The bottom line is that after intestinal surgery for weight loss, patients must remain focused on all aspects of health including dietary discretion, dietary supplementation and physical activity."

In interviews Roker's made it clear that he now understands what he needs to eat and do to be healthy. It must be working, because he's kept off the more than 100 pounds he lost. Sounds like the surgery and healthy changes were worth it, despite ... mishaps.


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