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Friday, July 24, 2009

The Surgeon General's Weight: Does It Matter?

As you may have heard, President Obama recently nominated Regina Benjamin as Surgeon General. Her resume is impressive--an inspiring personal story, and a career filled with pro bono work. Unfortunately, some have brought up the issue of her weight. Dr. Benjamin is a full-figured woman.

In the New York Times this week, Perri Klass, a pediatrician, writes candidly about her own struggle with weight and how it affects her work with patients. Before taking up the issue with an 8-year-old, she wonders, "[How] am I supposed to give sound nutritional advice when all they have to do is look at me to see that I don't follow it very well myself?"

In the end, Dr. Klass approached her young patient with care and compassion, fully admitting her own failings. I'm sure this approach made a much stronger impact than any stern lecture would have.

When it comes to employee wellness (and coaching in particular), our primary goal is to put participants at ease. No one is lectured, and no one is judged. That's our philosophy, but what are your experiences? What is your reaction to the criticism of Dr. Benjamin? I'd love to hear your views.

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