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          My Big Fat Attitude, Part 2

          January 28, 2003

          Dr. Phil continues the heated debate about weight and explores current attitudes toward the obese.

          Living Large
          Sally and Maryanne don’t believe obesity is a disease of choice and they don’t consider it change-worthy. Instead, they tell Dr. Phil that they “want society to change to accommodate fat people.”

          Do you agree with Sally and Maryanne?
          Take our poll.

          Do you believe that obesity is a disease of choice?

          Yes. You can’t be that overweight without working at it.

          No. Such a blanket judgment doesn’t take into account important underlying health factors.

          Not sure. Would like to see more medical data on the subject.

          Should society accommodate the obese with special considerations, similar to the way that the handicapped are accommodated?

          Yes. This is a valid request.

          No. I don’t think this is a valid request.

          Not sure. Would need to see more information on the subject.

          Do you believe the obese are discriminated against in America?

          Yes. I have witnessed it.

          Probably. I haven’t witnessed it, but believe it’s true.

          No. The obese receive equal and fair treatment in our society.

          This question is insulting to those discriminated against because of race or ethnicity. Weight can change voluntarily.


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