The extra forty pounds in this suit gives Blackburn a
daily dose of empathy
dieting: it's a common term in the weight loss field. Every
diet author is searching for that magic solution - the perfect
diet that allows their readers to lose weight and keep it
In "Doctor Empathy," Alan meets Dr.
George Blackburn at his clinic at Beth Israel Deaconess
Medical Center in Boston, and learns right off that being
overweight is no laughing matter. Blackburn, who specializes
in treating the seriously obese, believes that doctors need
to have more compassion for their patients. To Alan's amazement,
Blackburn pulls on an "empathy suit," a full-length body suit
that simulates forty pounds of extra weight. Suddenly, everyday
activities like tying his shoes and crossing his legs become
nearly impossible. It's Blackburn's goal to help people facing
this disabling condition, and he just may have the solution.
Alan learns how he measures up at Blackburn's clinic
takes Alan into the kitchen to test three diet menus - the
popular high-fat, high-protein variety, a very low-calorie,
vegetarian choice, and the diet
recommended by Blackburn and his staff. Blackburn's credo
is "lose weight slowly," no more than about two to four pounds
per month, eating moderate-calorie meals with satisfying and
complex flavors. Alan himself finds it a tasty alternative.
It's one Blackburn hopes his patients can stick with for the
rest of their lives.
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