Too Fat To Die?

Ronald Post, who shot and killed a hotel clerk in northern Ohio almost 30 years ago, says he is too fat to be put to death. He is 480 lbs and claims his “weight, vein access, scar tissue and other medical problems” would make killing him torturous.  Has it really gotten to this?  Our country is so fat that people can actually get off death row due to obesity?  The article states that “inmates’ weight has come up previously in death penalty cases in Ohio and elsewhere”.   This issue came up once before in 2008 for another inmate and his lawyer blamed prison food and limited opportunities to exercise as the cause to his weight problem.  I guess they should have a full health club and gourmet food?   Or how about making them work and feeding them less like in the good old days?  No, that would be cruel and unusual punishment.   This is not a debate about the death penalty.  This is a debate about political correctness creating scenarios like this, which are a reflection of our society.  And it is so sad.


Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  3 comments for “Too Fat To Die?

  1. Luis
    September 19, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Please also post a similar story on Authentic Medicine about the felon (imprisoned for murder, I think) in New England, for whom the taxpayers will be paying the bill for his sex change occupation.

  2. Marco Costa
    September 19, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Like anything else, now the system will pour thousands of more dollars to decide whether to execute this individual or wait another 30 years and see if he dies as consecuence of health issues derived from his morbid obesity.

    Would a “Journal of common sense” help?

  3. September 19, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Like you, I don’t know all the details of this case, but I have to question what you really know about prisons. The right wing wants to lock up more and more people in for-profit prisons, so they can become more like our costly and inefficient medical nonsystem

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