10 Things You Didn’t Know About Dr. Phil
For years Phil McGraw has simply been known as popular talk show host Dr. Phil to most ever since the series first debuted in 2002. Over the years Dr. Phil has become a beacon of pop culture and, even through multiple lawsuits and controversies, the show has continued on through more than 14 seasons! Even though he has been a TV staple for so long, many fans don’t know the man outside of the show and who he was before he was simply Dr. Phil. So, get to know the author, host, TV personality and former psychologist better with these 10 things you didn’t know about Dr. Phil:
10. Weight Loss Lawsuit
Unfortunately, over the course of his career, Phil McGraw has found himself in quite a few scandals, lawsuits and controversies, and one of the strangest was over his weight loss products. In 2003, McGraw launched the business which included shakes, energy bars and supplements. He quickly came under fire for not having the expertise to recommend weight loss products. Soon all the “Shape It Up” products went under investigation and McGraw pulled them all in 2004, stopping the investigation. A year later, many users of the products filed a class action lawsuit, claiming the supplements in no way stimulated weight loss, but McGraw quickly settled the suit for $10.5 million.
9. Early Life
Phillip Calvin McGraw was born on September 1, 1950 in Vinita, Oklahoma, to Anne Geraldine “Jerry” and Joseph J. “Joe” McGraw Jr. and was one sibling of four with two older sisters and one younger sister. When Phil was still a child, his father gave up his job as an equipment supplier for the North Texas oilfields to pursue his own dream of becoming a psychologist. At the time, however, the career path was still far out of the mind of Phil McGraw who was on his way to becoming a football star as a middle linebacker. In his senior year of high school, he was awarded a football scholarship to the University of Tulsa, but after his team suffered one of the biggest losses in college football history, he chose to transfer to Midwestern State University and focused on his studies instead.