Slim Tim: Doctor reveals that heavyweight church leader is on a diet

And he’s hoping the cardinal-designate will soon be a lesser man.  Details:

Weight-loss guru Dr. Howard Shapiro tells us that Dolan, 61, has dropped approximately 25 pounds since he became a patient at his upper East Side practice in February 2011, and, he adds, he’d like to see the holy man double that figure in the coming weeks.

The Vatican announced on Jan. 6 that Dolan, who has headed the the Archdiocese of New York since 2009, will be elevated to cardinal in Rome on Feb. 18.

“We’d love to see him lose eight to 10 pounds in the next four weeks” leading up to his big date in Rome “and then go from there,” says Shapiro, who, tongue-in-cheek, says he’s putting Dolan through “Red-Hat Boot Camp”— a reference to the red zucchetto, or skull cap, that cardinals wear.

In actuality, Shapiro says Dolan lost 25 pounds within the first two and half months of consulting his practice — and has pretty much kept the weight off — via a personalized program that’s geared to the archbishop’s busy social schedule.

“He’s a very “motivated and focused man,” says Shapiro, who won’t divulge his patient’s weight, but predicts Dolan will be Pope one day.

The medicine man is the best-selling author of the “Dr. Shapiro’s Picture Perfect Weight Loss” series of books, which use comparative photographs of food and their calorie counts as visual aids to help dieters shed pounds.

The earthy Dolan has joked about his love of food and his girth.

During an interview with “60 Minutes” in March, Dolan walked by the crypts beneath St. Patrick’s Cathedral, where all archbishops are eventually interred, and said that his predecessor, Cardinal Edward Egan , “teases me that he wonders if one is going to be enough.”

“I might have to rent — a space and a half,” Dolan cracked.

Shapiro also says that shortly after Dolan began dieting, “he called me to say, ‘I’m at a Steak ‘n’ Shake. What do I order?”

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  1. Wow, you can loose 25 lbs and still look hefty!

  2. That’s astonishingly mean-spirited, Rudy.

  3. Definitely mean-spirited. Boo on Rudy.

    Personally, I would recommend my diet plan which helped me shed sixty pounds in three months. With the help of my coach, I was able to drop weight quickly and reeducate myself on eating properly. One key to successful weight loss is to develop new habits during the diet phase that will fortify the person for the dangerous period when the goal weight is achieved and the temptation to return to old eating habits surfaces.

    With a determined person, as I’m sure the archbishop is, he could return to a healthy weight before the end of 2012. Twenty-five pounds off in two months is fantastic. But a plateau of several months does not reflect well on Archbishop Dolan’s consultant. He could do better.

  4. Why mean spirited, if you loose 50 lbs and still look hefty us that mean spirited? My goodness, for Pete’s sake grow up.

  5. Well, I take that back, yes it was mean spirited. Am sorry.

  6. I’m getting tired of the five minute hate on fat people. What business is it ours what anybody else weighs? Live your own life.

  7. “He must increase, and I must decrease…”

    Seems like apt advice for any serious disciple!

  8. Neil Allen says:

    He’s been a horrible example for the rest of the world. Millions of people die of starvation every year, and Archbishop Dolan makes fat jokes every time he is on TV. God must be sick about it.

    Sorry if that is too honest for the congregation.

  9. Neil Allen says:

    People are dying of starvation, and Archbishop Dolan is fat. Not a little plump. Ridiculously, obviously, fat. Anyone who sees his picture, including starving people elsewhere in the world, look at him and their first thought is that he is fat. Not because of a disease, which would be mean spirited. Because he eats much more than he should. As others die every single day because they can’t eat enough to survive another day.

    That’s not mean spirited. That’s honest. You may not like it, but God doesn’t like it that Archbishop Dolan is setting an example that its funny to be fat and rich.

  10. Hmm, I never saw him as outrageously obese. But I wouldn’t care anyway. That’s his business.

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