When Losing Weight Stinks

One of my weight loss students recently told me of a case where a man lost a lot of weight and then started to fart so badly that he was sacked from his job. My first reaction to this story was one of disbelief! I had never heard of flatulence as being one of the side effects of weight loss surgery.


So as soon as I got home from my clinic, I hit Google and sure enough there is a man in the USA taking legal action after being fired for farting his colleagues out of their office. The article describes a “Mr Clem” who weighed in at a tidy 420 pounds (over 200 kilograms !!!) before receiving gastric bypass surgery. The article does not mention how much he weighs at the present moment.

The article discusses Mr Clem’s post operation side effects which consisted of items such as uncontrollable diarrhea and extreme gas. That can’t be fun!

It seems that Clem’s colleagues and management were happy for him to unload his diarrhea in the company facilities, but drew the line at his constant releasing of noxious fumes in the work environment.


The president of the Pork Roll Company put his foot down at the prospect of upsetting customers and staff with the foul odours being constantly released from Clem’s rear end.

There are no winners in a story like this.

Being morbidly obese it had been critical for Clem to do something about his weight.

Now, if he had come to me for advice  I would have recommended that he go on The Ratchet Diet and lose the weight slowly, surely and in a healthy manner, but sadly he went to a more mainstream facility and ended up under the surgeon’s knife.


I wonder if his medical practitioners made him fully aware of the many risks and post-op side-effects before going under the surgeon’s knife.   To be fair, the surgery probably saved his life but at what cost?

But having had the surgery, lost the weight and getting his life back on track, he then ran into the problem of the flatulence in the work place.    I think that a reasonable person would agree that cannot expect workers and customers to live with the constant foul odour of flatulence assailing their nostrils while they go about their daily chores.

And the article does not mention if there are any high volume noises associated with the expelling of the gases from their source orifice. If indeed these constant releases of gas were announced by a series of ear piercing trumpeting sounds, that would surely add to the discomfort and embarrassment of Clem’s colleagues and the firm’s customers.

I don’t think that any reasonable person would expect people to work in a haze of foul smelling fumes for any length of time.

You can read all about it at this link: http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/bizarre/flatulence-firing-lawsuit-654930

The jury is still out, but my guess is that this gentleman will probably have to find alternative employment.

There are many possibilities for someone with his condition. For example if Clem was to secure a job in a garden centre he would be outdoors most of the time and even if he was indoors helping with sale, a lot of the product would consist of bags of chicken manure which would mask his own foul odour.

Or maybe Clem could consider a new career on the stage. There are many cases where men have made a positive out of a negative and built a career out of their ability to fart on demand. A few examples are shown below.

So maybe its not all bad news for Clem! As we here at the Ratchet Diet Clinic would say: “Keep smiling (and keep those farts coming Clem)! Don’t let the odour Nazis get you down”.

Farting Elves 12 Days of Christmas

Mr Methane – Britain’s Got Talent

But on a more serious note, the phenomena of farting after lap band surgery is not a secret. In the following article this problem is discussed and suggested ways of dealing with the problem are listed.


Here are some of the take home items from the article:

People who have had gastric bypass, gastric banding and gastric sleeve weight loss surgery will often experience intestinal bloating and the frequent release of foul and offensive gases. These gases can be so offensive that they suffer chronic embarrassment leading them to isolation.

The sad fact is that gastric surgery changes the human digestive process and often results in an increase in the occurrence of gas.

So what can you do if you are experiencing this problem?

Well a good start for a person suffering from severe flatulence would be to start drinking lots of water. At least 8 glasses a day is a rough guideline.

Also recommended is the elimination from the diet of:

  • Processed meat
  • Cured meat,
  • Beans
  • Tofu and soy products

If that doesn’t work, you could also try:

  • Chamomile
  • Ginger and papaya tea
  • Peppermint oil


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