The 17-Day Diet: Dr. Phil’s Family Ties to Book He Touts

April 09, 2012

The packed audience on the Dr. Phil show is hungry for advice. It is four days after Thanksgiving 2010, not long before the next holiday season of heavy feasting is to begin. Phil McGraw, the folksy host, is dressed in a light gray double-breasted suit, impeccably tailored to fit his brawny 6-foot-4 frame. He stands behind a festive holiday table laden with desserts. “Bad news,” he warns the crowd as the hourlong show begins. “You could gain 12 pounds during the holidays. Twelve pounds!”