Stupidity run amok...

We all know that overweight people can be sensitive about their size, but this is ridiculous:
ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Honesty apparently is not always the best policy when it comes to obesity.

A New Hampshire physician who told a female patient to lose weight is the target of a complaint filed by the woman. As Doctor Terry Bennett describes it: "I told a fat woman she was obese." Bennett says he was trying to get her attention because all those extra pounds would eventually kill her.

The woman was offended, and even a letter of apology from the doctor didn't do much good. She contacted the state, and that led to an investigation. No comment from state officials, citing privacy. The board of medicine's Web site says disciplinary sanctions in general may range from a reprimand to the revocation of all rights to practice in the state.

Other overweight patients have come to Bennett's defense, saying the truth should not be a punishable offense.


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