Dr. Terry Bennett, who practices in New Hampshire, has been forced to defend his license against a complaint brought by an obese patient who became offended when Bennett advised her to lose weight.
As Bennett described the incident, “I told a fat woman she was obese. 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 woman, whose name and weight were not disclosed, complained to the state medical board after Bennett gave her the advice.
A subcommittee of the board investigated last year and recommended a “confidential letter of concern” be sent. But the full board rejected that suggestion and got the attorney general’s office involved. That office has recommended that Bennett acknowledge he made a mistake and attend a “medical education course” of some kind, but Bennett has refused. The proceedings are apparently still going on.
Other fat, I mean obese, I mean large-through-no-fault-of-their-own people have supported Bennett. “What really makes me angry,” said one, “is he told the truth. How can you punish somebody for that?” What a sheltered life you lead, ma’am, which I hasten to add is probably not due to your size.