08/24/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Did Jenny Craig Stir the Pot About Dr. Regina Benjamin's Weight?

It's my suspicion that the controversy about President Obama's nominee for Surgeon General may have been instigated by Jenny Craig with the hope of attracting Dr. Benjamin to become a spokesperson for her diet and appear on commercials with pictures of overweight "before" pictures, followed by "after" shots showing the newly svelte winner of the Mac Arthur Genius Award, now free to wear clingy, matte jersey and thin enough to serve the country.

More than ever before, we should pay careful attention to the tiny words that flicker imperceptibly at the bottom of the screen in every weight loss promo, a message designed to go unnoticed: "Results may not be typical." Not only are we unlikely to trim down as dramatically as this select group, but, additionally, dieting is no assurance we will be tapped to be Surgeon General.