For every problem there is a solution which is simple, clean and wrong.- Henry Louis Mencken
August 17, 2010: From MedPage Today: Some public health experts say obesity is the nation's biggest chronic health problem. Our own Editor-at-Large, George Lundberg, M.D., recently suggested that physicians simply tell obese patients to stop eating. http://www.medpagetoday.com/Surveys/Surveys/21672
July 29, 2010: From the Daily Mail Online: Doctors should stop mincing their words and tell the overweight they are fat, the public health minister [of the UK] said. Anne Milton called on the NHS to ban terms such as obese, because they do not have the same emotional impact Mrs. Milton told the BBC that it was important people took personal responsibility for their lifestyles. Speaking in a personal capacity, the public health minister said: If I look in the mirror and think I am obese I think I am less worried than if I think I am fat. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1298394/Call-overweight-people-fat-instead-obese-says-health-minister.html#ixzz0wruqBNIF
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