Al Roker, weather person on "The Today Show"
and host of "Celebrity Family Feud" had his gastric bypass surgery in
2002. In the years after, I read the following comments, some of
these were on the OSSG mailing listservers:
After his bypass, AL shunned being a poster child for WLS despite being approached with many offers, some of which paid nicely, probably. He did not want to influence others to have the surgery. One interview stated he worked out on the elliptical cross trainer daily to help maintain his weight loss. He appeared to return to the hospital at least one time since his bypass. The news listed it as "abdominal problems".
Lately, Al has his usual personality back it seems (at least one gets that impression from watching "The Today Show") and seems pretty healthy and also able to eat more, however, he also appeared to have regained some weight a while ago. Lately, he chatted with some folks on the "Today Show"
Al admitted that several years after his gastric bypass, unless he intensely works out daily - he runs 4 miles, 3 days a week and the other days, works out for 45 minutes on the elliptical cross trainer - and counts his calories every day, he can easily gain weight. He weighs 204 today which while significantly less than his start weight of over 300 lbs, is up from his weight after his initial weight loss with his gastric bypass. "It's just like maintaining your weight any other way," Roker commented (i.e. a lot of work on a daily basis). This brings to mind Dr Terry Simpson's (WLS surgeon) saying that "Success with weight loss surgery is 10 percent the surgery and 90 percent the patient".