“He went to rehab for the second time to deal with his alcoholism,” snitched an insider. “The word is he also went in for gastric bypass surgery to limit the food he eats.
“Slowly but surely, the pounds melted away, and he lost 110 pounds. It’s true he’s looking slimmer than he has in decades. Getting sober was key.”
Diet expert Dr. Stuart Fischer, who has not treated the Saturday Night Live legend, says the operation helps because “it’s very hard to gain weight after gastric bypass surgery, if not impossible.”
However, The Park Avenue Diet author, who believes Chase went under the knife, cautions “gastric bypass surgery does not cure past ailments.”
“It doesn’t erase all the previous damage that he’s done to his body,” he added. “Any heart disease or circulatory problems caused by his dietary indiscretions are permanent.”
The snitch says Chase finally decided to save his life after “hitting rock bottom. He was grossly overweight by more than 100 pounds and that was making his battle against the bottle so much harder.”
Amazingly, as he shed pounds, his health returned — and Dr. Fischer says the comic looks better than ever.
“He’s done a world of good for himself,” says another dietary specialist. “But he’s got to keep the weight off!” We pay for juicy info! Do you have a story for RadarOnline.com? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at (866) ON-RADAR (667-2327) any time, day or night.