Comments: Idiot Alert

Actually, this is a little bit more complex. Unfortunately, the link is to Protien Wisdom, but... So I'll just quote the comment here

Umm, it’s only unbelievable because it isn’t the whole story.
By the doctor’s own admission he made personal remarks beyond the medical consequences of being overweight, which is where his right to scare and advise ended. These included making an unsolicited prediciton about the mortality of her spouse and her prospects for remarriage and her sexual attractiveness to other men.
She wasn’t complaining about being told she was fat and needed a lifestyle change to improve and protect her health. She was complaining because the doc (in thelight most favorable to him) crossed a line of propriety trying to get her to see the light…
Docs have no right to bully berate or deamean patients, even those whose conditions frustrate them, and this patient felt bulllied.
I suspect, based on the docs own admitted arrogant and improper remarks, that he may have been otherwise unprofessionally rude to his patient.
She has a follow up comment here as well.

Posted by Hal at August 26, 2005 11:53 AM

I think it's the height of irresponsibility for doctors to automatically assume patients are unhealthy if they're fat, and healthy if they're thin. If you're going to lecture about health, lecture the fat AND thin patients alike. Fat does NOT always equal unhealthy! There are a lot of fat and fit people. I used to be one of them.

Posted by Elayne Riggs at August 27, 2005 07:31 PM

I keep coming back to this story (not least because the NPR quiz show cited it, without any context, which was irresponsible) and thinking about the question of where the lines are. "Doctors have no right to bully or demean patients" is easy to say, but as a professional myself, part of whose job is evaluating often-poor performance, I have to wonder about how we draw those lines. Is it OK to say: "you failed on this assignment. By the way, people in business do this all the time, so if you don't learn how to do this you're not going to do well in the real world?"

Posted by Jonathan Dresner at August 28, 2005 05:02 AM