A Bad Prescription on Obesity
As a woman who has been overweight from infancy, I find Dr. David Sherer’s prescription [letters, Jan. 30] for dealing with obesity marvelously simplistic. Certainly, we all know that weight loss requires more calories burned than consumed.
The trick is dealing with a lifetime of habits and psychological reasons behind being overweight.
I have lost hundreds of pounds, only to regain them, usually with interest. I find it hypocritical that when one is underweight because of anorexia or bulimia, the medical community is more than eager to assist not only medically but psychologically; the treatments, by the way, are usually covered by insurance. However, when I, as a fat woman, asked about treatment, I was told that insurance would not pay until I developed physical ailments such as diabetes — which I eventually did and which insurance is now paying for. Why is it that the medical profession seems to recognize psychological factors as legitimate reasons for being underweight but not for being overweight? MARA ALEXANDER