Wednesday, August 24, 2005

The Fat Lady Sings

Are you... umm... big boned? Has anyone ever used on of these to describe you?

You so fat when you step on the scale it says, "To be continued."

You are so fat you have your own area code.

You are so fat NASA orbits satellites around you.

You are so fat that when you wear a Malcolm X T-shirt, helocopters try to land on your back.

You are so fat you were baptized in Sea World.

If so, then most likely you doctor has also told you about the adverse affects of being obese. Apparently, it was too much for one New Hampshire woman to hear from her's, so she filed a complaint.

Woman Offended by Doc's Obesity Advice

ROCHESTER, N.H. - As doctors warn more patients that they should lose weight, the advice has backfired on one doctor with a woman filing a complaint with the state saying he was hurtful, not helpful.

Dr. Terry Bennett says he tells obese patients their weight is bad for their health and their love lives, but the lecture drove one patient to complain to the state.

"I told a fat woman she was obese," Bennett says. "I tried to get her attention. I told her, 'You need to get on a program, join a group of like-minded people and peel off the weight that is going to kill you.' "

He says he wrote a letter of apology to the woman when he found out she was offended.

Her complaint, filed about a year ago, was initially investigated by a panel of the New Hampshire Board of Medicine, which recommended that Bennett be sent a confidential letter of concern. The board rejected the suggestion in December and asked the attorney general's office to investigate.

Bennett rejected that office's proposal that he attend a medical education course and acknowledge that he made a mistake...

Other overweight patients have come to Bennett's defense.

"What really makes me angry is he told the truth," Mindy Haney told WMUR-TV on Tuesday. "How can you punish somebody for that?"

Haney said Bennett has helped her lose more than 150 pounds, but acknowledged that the initially didn't want to listen.

"I have been in this lady's shoes. I've been angry and left his practice. I mean, in-my-car-taking-off angry," Haney said. "But once you think about it, you're angry at yourself, not Doctor Bennett. He's the messenger. He's telling you what you already know."

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Boomr said...

Yeah, this "let's all respect the fat people" line of thinking is plain wrong. I'm no Adonis; I'll freely admit I'm overweight -- which is why I've joined a gym and have been going 6 days a week. I'm not blaming a doctor for telling me I'm fat. Boo freaking hoo...

Dingo said...

Now we just need to work on your fried food and smoking.

Boomr said...

One vice at a time...