After all, are chubby dietitians or portly physicians in any position to advise others how to get healthy?
That question is at the heart of a debate set off when Dr. Regina Benjamin was nominated for surgeon general.
As noted above, one side of the “debate” seems to be limited to
online comment trolls and Neil Cavuto’s televised series against
decency (thisTelegraph article
is the best I could find otherwise). The other side, from what I’ve
seen, is mostly doctors and people who aren’t professional obesity
But with the nation’s obesity crisis worsening, some advocates
say it’s increasingly critical for health care workers and those with
visible, influential roles to “walk the walk” and serve as role models.
Gather, young journalists, around the screen, this is a great lesson
in how to prop up a dead argument: note the word “obesity.” Is Benjamin
obese?Sure don’t look like it.
Sure isn’t any information in the article to suggest it. But by using
that word, you can keep pushing the piece down a completely separate
“A doctor doesn’t need to be perfect, but it’d be hard for me to
take financial advice from a CPA who had just filed for bankruptcy,”
said Dr. Timothy Harlan, medical director of the Tulane University
School of Medicine, who says he believes physicians should make a
genuine effort to be healthy.
A kick save and a beauty. Bankruptcy? “Make a genuine effort to be
healthy?” Did anyone say she doesn’t? Does it matter to the author?
Possibly best post title ever at the link.