Thursday, September 7, 2006

Diet doc attracting Hispanic patients is sex addict, says Scene

The Nashville Scene reports in this article that Hispanic women looking for weight-loss solutions are being taken in, but not in the way that they had intended:

"On a recent weekday afternoon, the place reeks with a humid funk reminiscent of sweaty children or unwashed dogs. About a dozen patients sit on standard-issue waiting-room chairs. The people are large, listless. Almost all are women, mostly black and Hispanic. There is one man with his wife and baby."

"With nine diet clinics across Tennessee, one in Los Angeles his own line of herbal supplements, and services that include Botox and other nonsurgical cosmetic treatments, Dr. Feldman has built quite a business. His ads claim that his Doctors Diet Program is 'Tennessee’s No. 1 physician-supervised weight loss clinic.' His website——makes the McDonald’s-like boast, 'Over 40,000 patients served.' Dr. Feldman’s diet empire is so big that he needs a private plane, which he pilots, to keep tabs on his various offices."

"But what many of Dr. Feldman’s patients probably don’t know is that he is a diagnosed sex addict. According to the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners—which licenses and polices doctors—Feldman has a history of molesting patients and making sexually inappropriate remarks to—and about—his staff. Those who have worked with him say that he hits on minors and employees. In the late 1990s, he settled a sexual harassment suit with a former employee for $10,000, according to court documents."

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