The Epic Binge Al Roker Went On Before His Gastric Bypass Surgery

by Jeremy Spirogis
Al Roker

We’ve all carried out it, let’s admit it. The last day earlier than beginning a weight-reduction plan or consuming plan, we’ve loved our final supper, that (what we expect will likely be) last meal of pizza, wings, macaroni and cheese, brownies, and no matter different junky, wonderful meals we are able to discover to eat.

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Al Roker | Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank by way of Getty Images

Al Roker shared in his guide, Never Goin’ Back: Winning the Weight-loss Battle for Good, the main points of his “happy meal” earlier than submitting to the medical process that will profoundly change his life.

He was referred to as Fat Albert at school

As the 65-year-old Roker tells it, weight has been a wrestle for him all his life. From a younger age rising up in Queens, Roker merely beloved to eat. But since he wasn’t notably athletic or lively, he grew chubby and out of his garments with every passing yr.

For essentially the most half, based on the beloved Today climate forecaster, his classmates didn’t tease him about his dimension. That modified when he acquired to highschool, which coincided with Bill Cosby’s Hey, Hey, Hey, It’s Fat Albert cartoon particular, which Roker watched and assumed, with dread, that his classmates have been watching, as effectively.

“I remember watching it and being enamored with the animation,” Roker writes, “earlier than a horrible rush fell over me. In a break up second, I noticed that I used to be Fat Albert. Oh God. I used to be black, fats, and named. . . gulp . . . Albert! My life was over.”

Roker went on to elucidate that, as a lot as he tried to get out of going to highschool, his mom wouldn’t purchase any tales of him feeling sick and off he went. He arrived at college, flushed with aid that nobody was calling him that terrible title. Until they did.

“Much to my surprise, no one said a word at first. ‘Well, maybe nobody saw the show,’ I thought. But within five seconds of that wishful thinking, I heard eight or ten guys shout out, ‘Hey, hey, hey!’ I could feel my heart hit my toes as I lowered my head in shame.”

Roker’s ‘last meal’ earlier than his surgical procedure

About every week or so earlier than his gastric bypass surgical procedure, Roker attended the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics and determined to eat no matter he set his eyes on for these two weeks. It was a smorgasbord of decadence and indulgence that lasted days and from which he added much more weight.

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Al Roker, 2002 | Debra L Rothenberg/FilmMagic

“Once I’d made up my mind to have the surgery, I did something I had only dreamed about doing. I began to eat with wild abandon. I felt like a condemned man who knew he only had a short time left. I ate anything and everything that wasn’t nailed down.”

Roker left nothing off the menu.

“I had a hotel suite with its own kitchen,” Roker continued, “which I stocked with Häagen-Dazs ice cream, and where I made thick, gooey grilled cheese and bacon sandwiches, ate steak and onion rings ordered up from room service and enjoyed myself – a lot! . . . I had one hell of a food fiesta! . . . I weighed three hundred twenty pounds when I got to Salt Lake and had hit my all-time high of three hundred forty by the time we left. . . !”

He doesn’t remorse the surgical procedure one bit

While there are horror tales one hears from celebrities and common people about how gastric bypass surgical procedure affected their lives negatively – both as a result of it messed with their digestion, or as a result of they transferred their meals dependancy to one thing else – for the morning present character, it’s been a constructive expertise, one he’s glad he underwent.

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Al Roker 2019 | Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank by way of Getty Images

“I am just now getting to a place where I no longer see myself as a fat guy. It had become so much a part of my persona that I hadn’t separated how the world saw me from how I still saw myself. . . I appreciate the happiness and freedom my newfound health has brought to my life. I now have the ability to see a pint of ice cream, have a single spoonful, and walk away.”

Read extra: ‘Today Show’: What Al Roker Eats Each Day Without Fail

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