Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Obesity advice annoying, lifesaving – and actionable


When a doctor tells a patient she's fat—not overweight, but obese—and she needs to get exercising and watch her diet or she's going to die, is it advice or insult?

Dr. Terry Bennett of Rochester, NH, probably thought he was doing the right thing when he did this, according to AP reports published nationwide today, but even after he apologized when he found out one woman patient was offended, she still filed a complaint against him for the bluntness of his advice. Her complaint triggered a state-wide investigation by the New Hampshire Board of Medicine.

The board rejected the initial suggestion that a confidential letter of concern should be sent to Dr. Bennet, opting instead for a full investigation. Bennett has refused to take a medical education course and issue a blanket apology, as the board suggested. "Patients who come to my office are paying $25 an hour," he said. "I'm not going to chat with them about the weather. When they are noticeably obese, I have an obligation to tell them... that overweight will kill them."
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 she 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."

It isn't the first time the messenger has been targeted. Last year when the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched their Small Step weight-loss project, the ad campaign for the project, focused on the unattractiveness of obese people, came under attack. Kelly Brownell, director of the Yale Center for Eating and Weight Disorders, said "[Their] message to eat healthier and be more active is good, but to set it up in a way that makes overweight people look disgusting is highly insensitive, stigmatizing and not necessary."

Despite the success of a similar campaign designed to convince teens not to smoke based on the unattractive look of life-long smokers, the "gross bodies" ads were withdrawn, and replaced with appeals to fear of high medical costs, loss of quality of life, and early death due to continued obesity.

Still, Dr. Bennett may wish to reconsider his practice of giving it to his patients straight. According to the board, disciplinary sanctions for his offense may range from a reprimand to the revocation of all rights to practice in the state.

Next time, doctor, just hand that obese patient a lollipop with a message on the wrapper: "The Surgeon General has determined that obesity and poor nutrition may be hazardous to your health."


Please join us at BlogCritics to comment on this review.


Blogger David Skul said...

Physical fitness and Work out Forestall Disease

Fitness and Exercise Forestall disease. That is a proven fact, and yet more Americans than ever so are suffering from obesity and type two diabetes are regarded an epidemic in the United Sates of America. If you are heavy, and especially if you are obese, or if you have been diagnosed with diabetes, then take heed to your doctor and start a steady Fitness and Exercise program. You will be happy you did.

One of the rewards of Physical fitness and Exercise, as any physician will tell you, it that Fitness and Exercise aid moderate blood sugar. A diabetic who takes medication every day may find that less medicine is needed with a regular Fitness and Exercise plan. Many diabetics who stay with Physical fitness and Work out software online find that they are able to quit the medicine and get their diabetes under moderate in a entirely instinctive manner.

Triglycerides are also too high for most Americans. High triglycerides are associated to heart disease, including heart attacks and strokes. A wonderful instinctive manner to cut back your level of triglycerides is to simply start and stick with a Fitness and Work out plan, while eating a reasonable diet. Triglycerides at too high a level are also linked to high blood sugar, and it is most common for diabetics to have high triglyceride levels. Therefore, in this case Fitness and Exercise can take charge of two likely wellness hazards at the equivalent time.

Many people have marveled at the manner being over weight has turn into an American manner of living, and wondered what stimulated it. Many steer to sedentary lifestyles, doing work in front of computers, and watching too much television. In addition, Several Americans eat diets high in fat and carbohydrates. Whatever the root causes Physical fitness and Exercise can be a major part of the cure for this problem. Engaging in physical conduct, increasing the heart pace, and just getting active can aid a person loose weight, moderate triglyceride levels and better diabetes and should not be ignored. Parents should restrict time spent by children with video games or viewing television and promote them to engage in Physical fitness and Exercise the way youngsters in preceding generations have, taking on games like baseball, basketball and skip rope children who learn the benefits of Fitness and Work out at an early age will grow into grownups, who relish Fitness and Exercise, lead healthier lifestyles and tend to live longer, healthier and apparently more euphoric lifetimes.

Your #1 Resource for Raw Food Seminars

SEO Solutions and one way link publicity services provided by LinkAcquire.

David C Skul - CEO and Relativity, Inc. can provide global market exposure and solutions.

1/03/2006 11:47 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home