- Psychiatrist in the National Health Service (NHS)
- Con to the question "Is Obesity a Disease?"
“Doctors should be required to tell patients a blunt truth: if you’re fat, eat less, exercise more, or both. And if you keep guzzling the tasty treats, you will die earlier. It’s not a disease, it’s a mindset — and that means it can be changed. We doctors need to be a little less understanding, a little more judgmental, and realise [sic] that our oath — ‘do no harm’ — must come before our desire to save the feelings of our patients. The truth can be the hardest drug to administer.”
“Obesity Is Not a Disease,” www.spectator.co.uk, Oct. 12, 2013
- Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Individuals with MDs or PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to obesity and health. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to obesity and health.
- Involvement and Affiliations:
- Psychiatrist, National Health Service (NHS)
- Columnist, Daily Telegraph
- Columnist, Reader’s Digest
- Columnist, Evening Standard
- Contributor, Mail on Sunday
- Patron, Coventry & Warwickshire Friend
- Recipient, Medical Journalists Association Story of the Year Award, Summer 2013
- Recipient, Medical Journalists Association Witty Writing Award, Winter 2012
- Recipient, Public Educator of the Year, Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2010
- Recipient, Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Morris Markowe Public Education prize, 2008
- MD, University College London, date unknown
- First Class Honours degree, Anthropology, University College London, date unknown
- Contact Info:
- Max Pemberton is a pseudonym. His given first name is Alex. Last name remains private.
- Based in London, England.
- Twitter handle is @maxpemberton
- Quoted in:
- Pro & Con Quotes: Is Obesity a Disease?