Today's podcast is about my Monday blog post "The Prison of Weight Fat or Thin". It was prompted by an article in the Boston Globe over the weekend about our current Speaker of the Massachusetts House, Robert DeLeo.
Speaker DeLeo had gastric sleeve surgery in August and didn't want to tell anyone about it because he felt like a failure.
PS. The last three Senate Presidents of Massachusetts have ended up indicted, disbarred or in jail so I think Mr. DeLeo's weight problem is a refreshing change of pace.
He's not the first Speaker to have a surgical intervention either. George Kevarian (1995-1990) had gastric bypass surgery (a different procedure) in 2002 weighing 400 lbs. He got down to 260 at the time of his death.
Speaker Kevarian told an obesity conference in 2003 that his job in the public arena was likely the cause of his weight problem. He said people could be cruel without meaning to be and that being in the public eye all the time was a contributor.
It’s a good thing Speaker