Al Roker Urges Critics Not to Shame People Taking Weight Loss Drugs: 'Stay Within Your Lane'

“Just stay within your lane and don’t give anybody a hard time," the 69-year-old said

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Al Roker

Al Roker is urging people not to be judgmental of those who decide to use weight loss drugs.

On Tuesday, the Today co-host, 69, was on air and commented on Oprah Winfrey’s recent  televised conversation, called An Oprah Special: Shame, Blame and the Weight Loss Revolution, which tackles how the use of medications like Ozempic, Wegovy and Mounjaro for weight loss has surged in popularity.

Roker — who had gastric bypass surgery in 2002 and has been vocal about his weight loss journey — said people shouldn’t shame how others approach their health.

"Everybody’s struggling with it and we’re still trying to figure it out,” he said. “But no shame, no game. Just stay within your lane and don’t give anybody a hard time."

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In 2022, Roker marked 20 years since getting his bypass surgery on social media. "Hard to believe it was 20 years ago today, I wore these size 54 Levi jeans to my #gastricbypass at 340 lbs. and here I am today," he captioned a video of himself holding up his old jeans.

"It's still a struggle but I'm never going back," he vowed. "I have setbacks and struggle every day, but I never forget how far I've come."

In June of that year, Roker continued to talk about his weight-loss journey, noting how his physical and mental health has improved since incorporating light exercise and a low-carb diet into his day-to-day.

"Exercise, and not extreme exercise — we're doing that 30-day walking challenge — that improves, I think, your mental health," he said at the time. "Combined with a low-carb diet, I've lost about 45 lbs. in the last several months. I do about 100 grams of carbs a day and I walk."

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