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From the Department of "Gosh! Why Didn't I Think of That?"


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.

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.

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Jessie C. Gruman, PhD, was founder and president of the Center for Advancing Health from 1992 until her death in July 2014. Her experiences as a patient — having been diagnosed with five life-threatening illnesses — informed her perspective as an author, advocate and lead contributor to the Prepared Patient Blog. Her book, AfterShock, helps patients and caregivers navigate their way through the health care system following a serious or life-threatening diagnosis. The free app, AfterShock: Facing a Serious Diagnosis, offers a pocket guide based on the book. | More about Jessie Gruman

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