Friday, August 26, 2005

Telling It Like It Is

There seems to be quite a bit of self-righteousness in the medical world over a doctor who was disciplined for his lecture to an obese patient. But, contrary to the popular spin, it does not appear that the doctor was censured for providing that medical diagnosis, but for his "'obesity lecture for women' that is a stark litany designed to get the attention of obese female patients."
He said he tells obese women they most likely will outlive an obese spouse and will have a difficult time establishing a new relationship because studies show most males are completely negative to obese women.

Bennett said he tells them their obesity will lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, gastroesophageal reflux and stroke.
Telling somebody that they are medically obese? A medical diagnosis. Warning somebody that they are at risk from disease due to obesity? That seems medically appropriate as well. Telling somebody that their spouse, who is not his patient, will predecease them and adding "men will think you're ugly and no one will want to marry you", even if phrased a bit more nicely? That's pushing it.


  1. Well, at least the doctor was telling the truth.

  2. No, actually, he wasn't.

    And it's pretty inappropriate for a doctor to project his own sexual preferences onto his patients.

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