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"For 15 years Dr. Bennett would tell me 'Mindy, you're overweight and you smoke,'" she said. " 'You are going to get diabetes or cancer or have a stroke or heart attack.' The whole time I was saying 'Yeah, yeah, yeah, I'm young, those things only happen to someone else.'"
She said now she is a diabetic, has had cancer and failed a stress test terribly.
"Is he a fortune teller? No. He was a man trying to do his job. Whether I wanted to hear it or not, he was telling me the truth. All those things that happen to other people happened to me."
Haney said a lot of things Bennett tells people are upsetting.
"I would not want his job. He's the messenger and people are always out to shoot the messenger," she said.
She said Bennett is the most compassionate doctor there is. A lot of people who signed the petition, she said, just don't understand why the attorney general is spending money to investigate. "We can't lose him because someone doesn't want to hear they're obese," Haney said.
The board's Web site says disciplinary sanctions may range from a reprimand to the revocation of all rights to practice in the state.