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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

doc in trouble for telling fat lady to lose weight

As reported here.
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.' "
The article goes on to say that Dr. Bennett faces sanctions from the New Hampshire Board of Medicine, ranging from a reprimand to the revocation of all rights to practice in the state.

Who does Dr. Bennett think he is, dispensing advice on how patients can help to control their own health? Doesn't he realize he's just supposed to order some costly diagnostic procedures and write out a prescription or two?

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