Letters Fat doctors are patients too

Tackling obesity among the medical profession

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g7640 (Published 16 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7640
  1. Simon Kenwright, retired physician1
  1. 1Ashford TN25 6BD, UK
  1. SimonKenwright{at}doctors.org.uk

McCartney confuses the issue—being fat is not related to being a “good” or “bad” doctor.1 I have known excellent doctors who were fat, smoked, or whose judgment could be trusted even when tipsy. Equally, being obese does not make advice on weight reduction more effective, and the obese doctor who has lost weight can be unduly …

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