Today’s New York Times features an interview with Dr. Barry Schlenker, a University of Florida psychology professor. The Times describes Schlenker’s area of expertise as the study of “people’s attempts to evade or diminish their responsibility for the irresponsible, thoughtless, inadequate, stupid or hurtful things they do — in other words, the art of making excuses.”

In light of our recent cultural fascination with overeating — and with attempts by some unscrupulous trial attorneys to