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    Re: Is Obesity a disability?

    Obesity a disability?

    No. Even those labeled as "morbidly obese" don't have to be what we'd consider to be huge. A person being 50# overweight is considered morbidly obese.
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    Re: Is Obesity a disability?

    It's a self-inflicted disability.
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    Re: Is Obesity a disability?

    I heard recently that the airline in Samoa was charging passengers by the pound.
    Sounds alright.

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    Re: Is Obesity a disability?

    I voted no. In the UK, persons can get extra welfare for being obese, the same as drug dependent persons. Both are wrong on every level.

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    Re: Is Obesity a disability?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    Yes I am sure it is a curse. I have met some older folks who were like you who made damn sure they always stayed too skinny to be drafted into Vietnam, something nobody in my family would have ever had the ability to do
    I've never been too skinny to be disqualified from anything physical. I have, as a doctor once put it to me, a metabolism that would kill a horse. However, I am not skinny as a rail. I'm very comfortable at the weight I've maintained for quite some time. If a person is comfortable with the weight they carry and it doesn't prevent them from doing the necessary and desirable things, then I don't see any problem at all. Unless obesity is caused by something other than simply over-eating, I don't view it as a disability. Invariably, we come to the chicken and egg thing for certain people. Some people have a propensity for gaining weight easily, and some don't. In my case, there hasn't been a person with a weight problem in my family for generations. Plenty of other problems, but not that one.

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    Re: Is Obesity a disability?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hijinx View Post
    As the topic states: Do you think that obesity counts as a legitimate disability?

    It's a pretty big deal in employment law according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and they count it as such under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act. For all intents and purposes it would make sense that it does count as a disability, as they are technically disabled by definition (physical impairment or lack of physical functioning). But I just can't help but disagree with the notion. Especially considering how I know many people and I'm sure many of you might as well, who eat themselves into that situation. They're literally eating and drinking themselves into being disabled, and they get counted among those who are actually medically obese. That's just wrong to me.

    Here is a humorous article about the subject: Obesity: A Disability or a Lack of Responsibility? | We Are People 2

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    Obviously anyone who is grossly overweight is not as able to do some things that a person who isn't overweight can do.

    This is a problem that most of these people have caused for themselves and they need to deal with it by getting their weight down to a normal level.

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    Re: Is Obesity a disability?

    Quote Originally Posted by humbolt View Post
    I've never been too skinny to be disqualified from anything physical. I have, as a doctor once put it to me, a metabolism that would kill a horse. However, I am not skinny as a rail. I'm very comfortable at the weight I've maintained for quite some time. If a person is comfortable with the weight they carry and it doesn't prevent them from doing the necessary and desirable things, then I don't see any problem at all. Unless obesity is caused by something other than simply over-eating, I don't view it as a disability. Invariably, we come to the chicken and egg thing for certain people. Some people have a propensity for gaining weight easily, and some don't. In my case, there hasn't been a person with a weight problem in my family for generations. Plenty of other problems, but not that one.
    My 17 year old son is very thin. He's always been "underweight". He is all muscle though. Just recently after a bone density scan, they believe he has hyper-thyroidism which once of the symptoms is inability to gain weight. He's tried protein shakes, high Carb meals...nothing. He's physically active but while he grows taller, he's very thin. One of the doc's said his metabolism is extremely high. I'm not so lucky...lol.
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    Re: Is Obesity a disability?

    Quote Originally Posted by calamity View Post
    Carrying an extra 20 to 30 pounds isn't really the problem. An extra 100 to 150 pounds is.



    Put 30 pounds of whatever in a backpack and carry that around with you everywhere you go for a year. Seriously, try it. then tell us what you think.

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    Re: Is Obesity a disability?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hijinx View Post
    As the topic states: Do you think that obesity counts as a legitimate disability?

    It's a pretty big deal in employment law according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and they count it as such under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act. For all intents and purposes it would make sense that it does count as a disability, as they are technically disabled by definition (physical impairment or lack of physical functioning). But I just can't help but disagree with the notion. Especially considering how I know many people and I'm sure many of you might as well, who eat themselves into that situation. They're literally eating and drinking themselves into being disabled, and they get counted among those who are actually medically obese. That's just wrong to me.

    Here is a humorous article about the subject: Obesity: A Disability or a Lack of Responsibility? | We Are People 2

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    if it is then it is a self imposed disability in most cases, and shouldn't be given the same protection and special consideration as one that is not

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    Re: Is Obesity a disability?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheGirlNextDoor View Post
    My 17 year old son is very thin. He's always been "underweight". He is all muscle though. Just recently after a bone density scan, they believe he has hyper-thyroidism which once of the symptoms is inability to gain weight. He's tried protein shakes, high Carb meals...nothing. He's physically active but while he grows taller, he's very thin. One of the doc's said his metabolism is extremely high. I'm not so lucky...lol.
    My boys are both slim, but very muscular. I'm old enough now to qualify as "stringy" to some extent. Pressure cooker material. There are some disorders which can cause what you're 17 year old is experiencing - they really aren't all that common - they just can't be ignored, though. The fact for some of us is that as things slow down later in life, we begin to become more "normal". I'm not certain that's a blessing - being normal - but it beats most alternatives.

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