Dr Andrew Chung, a cardiologist, is under considerable public scrutiny after the arrest of a friend, Ebony Berry, 38, and the death of her daughter, Markea Blakely-Berry. The 16-year-old weighed only 40 pounds and the police discovered that Blakely-Berry was a follower of Chung hunger diet where he advocates the value of staying “wonderfully hungry” by eating no more than two pounds of food a day. Below is a video of his advocacy of the program, which appears as medically sound as hitting your head with a hammer because it feels so good to stop.
Chung has visited the mother in jail and insists that his philosophy of “hunger is wonderful” does not advocate starvation.
The case against Blakely-Berry, pictured is one of simple neglect but there remains questions over the influence of Chung and his bizarre views. Chung’s arguments in favor of the program rarely leave the most elementary level with such explanation as “being hungry is wonderful. The opposite of hungry, which is not hungry, is the opposite of wonderful, which is terrible.” He insists that Berry is “an ordinary, single mom who’s stressed out.” Really? She had a daughter who was 16 and died at 40 pounds. She also has a history of child abuse from Michigan.
The potential liability for Chung could be challenging. He has protected speech rights in advocating this lifestyle. It could be compared to other extreme low-calorie programs offered by others. These programs are sometimes based on research showing low-calorie diets in animals like mice result in greater longevity. Unless he had knowledge of the abuse or directed Berry in some fashion, the liability exposure would remain limited. There is the question of whether an adult can survive and thrive on two pounds of food a day, a proposition contested by medical experts.
Source: Daily Mail