Ragen sells a handy “doctor’s office survival packet” that includes printed postcards outlining her all-or-nothing position that weight loss is impossible and weight regain is inevitable. It demands treatment that goes against medical standards and ethics, and assumes obesity has no effect on health and is itself untreatable. In all cases, Ragen requests a “thin person” treatment, even for conditions that almost exclusively affect obese people.
To highlight why this is an issue, consider how it looks when applied to other major lifestyle-induced medical issues. Why bother quitting smoking if the majority of people don’t succeed on their first attempt? What is the “non-alcoholic” treatment for liver cirrhosis? Ragen’s advice makes about as much sense as Health at Every Smoke and Health at Every Shot.