We discussed a patient today who is quite overweight.
The nurse let me know the patient doesn't understand why he can't lose weight because "he eats like a bird."
"That could be the problem," I said, "mature birds eat close to half their body weight in food everyday (baby/young birds are known to eat close to their full body weight in food everyday)."
""Birds are also known to eat all day long."
Everyone briefly chuckled.
The above facts are (pretty much) true.
But you know, even with their daily consumption, I can't remember ever seeing a fat bird, in it's natural habitat, can you?
So if we could just teach our patient to fly, the pounds might come flying off...
Unfortunately, we'll just have to come up with some other weight loss options.