February 15, 2010

1-800-GET-THIN

1 Los Angeles Invaded by Lap-Band Billboards

At least 17 freeway billboards advertising a bariatric surgery clinic have sprung up along a downtown freeway in Los Angeles recently, and the clinic is also advertised on the sides of buses and in a TV spot. Los Angeles Times reporter Michael Hilzik took a look at the clinic and discovered that the owners are a pair of Iranian-born brothers named Michael and Julian Omidi who had appeared on the E! Channel's "Dr. 90210" in 2005. Julian's license was revoked in 2009: The Medical Board of California cited an intentionally deceitful license application in its revocation: In 1990 Julian was expelled from the University of California, Irvine, for stealing exam papers. Michael has had his own troubles, having been placed on probation for gross negligence involving anesthetics in 2005.

More at Los Angeles Times | Posted 8 years ago by Mark

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Too Fat to Fly Stigma Hurts

2 Kevin Smith Hints at Lawsuit in Southwest Dustup

In a blog post director and screenwriter Kevin Smith revealed that he offered to negotiate and sign a settlement agreement with Southwest Airlines relinquishing his right to file a lawsuit over the incident — but only if Southwest publicly states that Smith was not "too fat to fly" on the date of the disputed flight. Smith was pulled off a Southwest flight on Saturday because of his weight. Smith claims that the experience was especially humiliating to him because he is widely recognized by movie fans. But Smith seems to be losing enthusiasm for his public jihad against Southwest, commenting "Done with this" on his Twitter feed and noting that most of the public seems to be against him. Ironically Southwest's hardball policy may be winning them fans, based on comments to their blog.

More at Silent Bob Speaks | Posted 8 years ago by Mark

Previously: Kevin Smith Says He's Not Too Fat to Fly

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New Schools Aim to Meet Needs

3 More Medical Schools Opening in US

Nearly two dozen new medical schools are being proposed or are opening up for business in the United States, marking the biggest growth period for med schools since the 1960s and '70s. These new schools have seen a need for more opportunities for students who would make great doctors but haven't been accepted by existing medical schools. A lot of these students end up going abroad to study, and a lot of hospitals in turn started looking overseas for residents, meaning fewer opportunities for those students who did get into American schools. There are now 131 approved medical schools in the country; the new schools would represent an 18 percent increase if all of them open. It's a great time to be producing more doctors, as the nation's health care woes mean we're sure to need them.

More at New York Times | Posted 8 years ago by Sarah E. White

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Southwest Booted Him from Flight

4 Kevin Smith Says He's Not Too Fat to Fly

"Well, he is getting pretty fat"
- Mark in the comments

Film director Kevin Smith won't stop laying into Southwest Airlines for kicking him off a flight because the flight crew decided he was too big to fit into a single seat. Apparently he was a standby passenger on a flight from Oakland to Burbank and though he'd purchased two seats for a later flight, when he tried to get an earlier flight there was only one seat available and he was asked to wait. There's certainly more to the story as you can see by following Smith's and Southwest's Twitter pages (and Southwest's blog, but this is certain to start the argument about how airlines handle heavy passengers anew.

More at LA Times Ministry of Gossip Blog | Posted 8 years ago by Sarah E. White

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