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Two overweight women hold a conversation in 2012 in New York. (AP/Mark Lennihan)
Two overweight women hold a conversation in 2012 in New York. (AP/Mark Lennihan)

Let's say you're looking for a new primary care doctor. You think about location, recommendations from friends, what kind of insurance they accept. But you probably wouldn't wonder, will the doctor accept me if I'm too heavy?

And yet, Dr. Helen Carter, who practices in Worcester, has a policy of not accepting any new patients who weigh more than 200 pounds.

Rachel Zimmerman, co-host of WBUR's CommonHealth blog, reported the story. It has provoked a real debate about freedom of choice, responsibility and how best to help people struggling with obesity.

Guests:

  • Helen Carter, a primary care doctor who practices in Worcester
  • Rachel Zimmerman, co-host of WBUR's CommonHealth blog

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This segment aired on September 4, 2012.

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