Friday, August 26, 2005

Fat Heads

Have you heard about the doctor in New Hampshire who is under investigation for telling a fat female patient of his that she is too fat and needs to lose weight? I swear I am not kidding. It's a true story. Out-f'ing-rageous! http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig6/fischer4.html

Apparently, the New Hampshire state medical board has nothing better to do with its resources than persecute a doctor whose bedside manner was offensive to a hyper-sensitive fat chick. She's fat and the cure to her ailments is to lose weight. Was he supposed to feign ignorance regarding the cause of her diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. ? That's unethical. Should he have remained silent as to a potential remedy? That's unethical. I suspect that his sole crime is not handing her 10,000 prescriptions for drugs that would allow her to escape responsibility for her own health.

How much money do you want to bet that the money New Hampshire is spending on this nonsense investigation is enough to provide healthcare to a family of four for a year?

The sad thing is that this story is only part of the bigger picture regarding America's denial of its growing number of fat-heads. According to a recent BBC story, obesity has become an epidemic in the United States. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4183086.stm. Almost 25% of Americans are obese. One in four for those of you who don't understand percentages. There are, of course, those who legitimately suffer from thyroid malfunctions and other medical problems related to weight, but there are way too many who have done it to themselves with poor nutrition and lack of exercise.

And how does lazy, pill-popping, short-cut-taking America respond to this crisis? The medical board goes after the doctor who has the ethical obligation to tell his patient "Look heffer. You are 100 pounds overweight, you have diabetes and you have high blood pressure. If you aren't purposely trying to kill yourself or completely ruin any chances you may have of leading a normal life, you need to stop drinking Coca Cola and eating Twinkies."

Forget terrorism - America will kill itself on fattened foods long before anything gets blown up. Watch out for Osama Bin McDonald's.

12 Comments:

At 11:56 AM, August 26, 2005 , Blogger bombsoverbaghdad said...

That's ridiculous.

Americans are HUGE compared to people in other countries. In europe, where they eat a ton of bread (carbs), they are not fat because they walk alot and they eat SMALLER PORTIONS. It's our portions, not necessarily the food content, that kills us.

And all these fat hogs cost alot of money because they die slow, expensive deaths (to be frank).

 
At 1:16 PM, August 26, 2005 , Blogger chad said...

Wow! I have told patients they are fat so many times! Plus, I live in New Hampshire. Fortunately my medical license is in Taxachusetts where the state board of medicine is too busy collecting exorbitant licensing fees to pay attention to matters like this. I’m sure there is more to this story than meets they eye. Maybe Dr. Terry was unconventional and even cruel in his diagnosis of this woman’s obesity. Maybe she felt ridiculed by Dr. Terry, but ridicule or not, it does not take a long investigation by the state medical board to sort this out. Did he commit malpractice, negligence, or harm? If not, let’s move on New Hampshire.

Your equally fat-a-phobic brother,
chad

“For the first time ever, overweight people outnumber average people in America. Doesn't that make overweight the average then? Last month you were fat, now you're average - hey, let's get a pizza!”
~Jay Leno

 
At 5:04 PM, August 26, 2005 , Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

Welcome to the Land Of The Free (Free From Responsibility From One's Actions).

 
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