Surgeon General Regina Benjamin: 'I Struggle With My Weight' (VIDEO)

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

President Obama's surgeon general spoke frankly with ABC News Monday, saying that she struggles with her own weight.

"I'm just like 67 percent of Americans. I struggle with my weight just like they do," Regina Benjamin said on "Good Morning America." She hopes to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro this year.

The doctor also responded to critics who said she was too heavy when she was nominated.

"I'm a woman. Just like everyone else, I want to be attractive. You don't want to see those negative things -- people calling you names. So it was very hurtful," Benjamin said.


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