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Max Pemberton, MD Biography

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,”, 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
  • Max Pemberton is a pseudonym. His given first name is Alex. Last name remains private.
  • Based in London, England.
  • Twitter handle is @maxpemberton
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Pro & Con Quotes: Is Obesity a Disease?