From the Washington Times, trial lawyer and George Washington University Professor John Banzhaf III warned students attending the American Medical Student Association meeting that they could be sued if they fail to tell their obese patients that they obese, or do not advise "appropriate treatments or behavioral programs" (apparently regardless of the data that currently available weight loss programs and treatments are rarely very effective.)
Banzhaff also said "unfortunately, one of the ways to make serious changes in society is through a lawsuit." Whether such changes would be good or bad is another question. And how much money lawyers might earn from such lawsuits, given the prevalence of obesity, is another.
Now all we need is to find out that someone has sued a physician for low self-esteem after being informed he was fat ;-) Actually, that's not funny at all.
But this is just another nearly ludicrous example of how physicians and patients can be caught in the cross-fire among powerful forces that may really not have the patients' or physicians' best interests at heart.
Superficial coverage of medical errors could leave erroneous impression with readers - Kevin Lomangino is managing editor of HealthNewsReview.org. He tweets as @KLomangino. The health news media was hopping yesterday with a big story about ...
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