The New Hampshire attorney general is investigating a Rochester doctor because a patient complained that he bluntly told her she needed to lose weight. Dr. Terry Bennett said that he’s outraged by what he calls a baseless complaint. A patient was apparently insulted when Bennett told her that she was obese and could only get healthier by losing weight. …… Bennett said that the Attorney General’s Office tried to get him to settle the matter by agreeing to attend a medical education course, which he refused. http://www.wxii12.com/irresistible/4882438/detail.html
New Hampshire has become a bastion of blithering bobbleheads. 🙁
I don’t have the impression from the article that Doctor Bennet took this lady by the jowls and shrieked “YOU FAT PIG!” in her face.
It sounds like he said something along the lines of, “Look, you – if you don’t lose the gut you’ve developed, you and I will be seeing a lot more of each other, and then I’ll have to posthumously introduce you to my friend, the undertaker. You’ll be increasingly miserable along the way. Let’s see if we can avoid that.”
Our doc sat my husband down and told him the same exact thing in the same exact tone of voice the other week (made me want to stand up and cheer, not sue somebody)
I guess the old saying, “The truth hurts” probably holds, here —
But SOMEONE needs to keep hammering the truth home to this lady. The medical board needs to support this doctor and not be pussyfooting around. If she’s obese, she’s obese. The doctor’s obligation is to tell her so.
The Attorney General, on the other hand, needs to butt out. It’s not his business to tell doctors how to doctor. What kind of country do we live in, anyway?