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    Is Obesity a disability?

    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: http://wearepeople2.com/obesity-a-di...esponsibility/

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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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    That simply depends on your defintion of disability.

    Disability Planner: What We Mean By Disability

    Social Security Disability and Morbid Obesity | Disability Secrets

    When establishing the existence of obesity, we will generally rely on the judgment of a physician who has examined the claimant and reported his or her appearance and build, as well as weight and height. Thus, in the absence of evidence to the contrary in the case record, we will accept a diagnosis of obesity given by a treating source or by a consultative examiner. However, if there is evidence that indicates that the diagnosis is questionable and the evidence is inadequate to determine whether or not the individual is disabled, we will contact the source for clarification, using the guidelines in 20 CFR 404.1512(e) and 416.912(e).


    https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.NSF/lnx/0424570001
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    Re: Is Obesity a disability?

    If you mean is someone packing an extra 20-30 pounds disabled than no, but people who are morbidly obese can become disabled because of it so I say yes. It involves a combination of factors, but morbid obesity can be a driver of combinations of things that make people unable to work, especially problems with their knees, ankles, and backs as well as breathing, level of exertion, blood pressure, and diabetes.

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    Re: Is Obesity a disability?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    If you mean is someone packing an extra 20-30 pounds disabled than no, but people who are morbidly obese can become disabled because of it so I say yes. It involves a combination of factors, but morbid obesity can be a driver of combinations of things that make people unable to work, especially problems with their knees, ankles, and backs as well as breathing, level of exertion, blood pressure, and diabetes.
    Carrying an extra 20 to 30 pounds isn't really the problem. An extra 100 to 150 pounds is.

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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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    While not everybody is built to carry the same weight, there is a difference between being 'overweight' and obesity to the point of disabled.

    The medically recognized conditions that make it difficult to control one's weight are very few, and considering the number of people who fall into the category of medically unable to control their weight are a lot fewer than those who are obese, I'd say that people who do not make an effort to control their weight to some degree through diet and basic exercise, should not be able to call themselves 'disabled.'
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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.
    Depends on how tall you are

    One time I decided, you know what, I am going to see if I can get to the ideal weight for my height. I exercised like crazy, monitored by calorie intake and I never could reach the max healthy weight for my height. I eventually gave up because I was tired of people constantly nagging me thinking I had an eating disorder and because I was sick of eating blah food. I hit a wall about 8 pounds above my charted weight-height and could never break through it. One of the problems is those charts are way unrealistic for people who are not naturally skinny as a rail. I come from a big-boned, broad shouldered family. It is just impossible to healthily be at what "they" say is a healthy weight.

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    Re: Is Obesity a disability?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    Depends on how tall you are

    One time I decided, you know what, I am going to see if I can get to the ideal weight for my height. I exercised like crazy, monitored by calorie intake and I never could reach the max healthy weight for my height. I eventually gave up because I was tired of people constantly nagging me thinking I had an eating disorder and because I was sick of eating blah food. I hit a wall about 8 pounds above my charted weight-height and could never break through it. One of the problems is those charts are way unrealistic for people who are not naturally skinny as a rail. I come from a big-boned, broad shouldered family. It is just impossible to healthily be at what "they" say is a healthy weight.
    you're preaching to the choir.

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    Re: Is Obesity a disability?

    Obesity is actually a symptom of other conditions (mental and/or physical) which may be considered a disability, but in and of itself, no.
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    Re: Is Obesity a disability?

    Don't tell me Santa Claus is filing for disability too. I wanna be fat, I've tried to be fat, but I just can't eat enough to get there from here. I guess I'll never qualify for disability. It's discrimination, though. If you're fat, I can easily imagine how nice it might be to be paid for your fatness, and it's self-sustaining too.

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    Re: Is Obesity a disability?

    Quote Originally Posted by humbolt View Post
    Don't tell me Santa Claus is filing for disability too. I wanna be fat, I've tried to be fat, but I just can't eat enough to get there from here. I guess I'll never qualify for disability. It's discrimination, though. If you're fat, I can easily imagine how nice it might be to be paid for your fatness, and it's self-sustaining too.

    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

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