Should Obesity Be Categorized As A Disability?


“Brilliant, my good man. I must make haste to the haberdasher at once to seek recompense for the injury of this comically small hat. Ta.”

Should obesity be considered a disability, the door would be opened for obese people to sue in cases of discrimination.

As the number of people struggling with obesity continues to rise around the world, governments are faced with the increasingly complex problem of helping these individuals deal with the unique challenges they face. Case in point: Discrimination against overweight and obese individuals in the workplace. While weight-based bias is well-documented in many countries, legislation is only just beginning to address the issue.

This week, for example, the highest court in the European Union is hearing a case brought by a babysitter who says he was fired because he was obese. Judges in the case will be forced to decide whether obesity itself can be considered a disability, independent of any other medical issues. If so, victims will have more recourse to sue for discrimination or wrongful termination, while employers could be legally forced to accommodate the needs of obese employees, according to the BBC.

via Obesity And Disability -Legal Arguments, Discrimination.

13 Comments on "Should Obesity Be Categorized As A Disability?"

  1. Simon Valentine | Jun 14, 2014 at 10:22 am |

    obesity was mentioned therefore the title begs the question “should disability be categorized as [sic]”.

    the category is can-do, can’t-do. both are empty for Hs anyway.

    please initialize Convergence Event.

  2. emperorreagan | Jun 14, 2014 at 1:27 pm |

    Can the categorize misanthropy as a disability so I can get disability payments?

    • there’s a lifehack for that
      the downside is you don’t get “cash”
      so much as “care”
      also, you go to the “care” instead of vice versa

  3. Disability implies that your health situation is beyond your control, and in select cases like a thyroid issue, that could be the case. But for the majority of the obese, get off your fat ass and exercise.

    • And stop eating the typical american high sugar, high carbs, and high processed foods diet and wondering why you can’t seem to lose weight.

  4. Sedentariness is basically a job requirement nowadays. White-collar work will turn any able-bodied person disabled eventually.

  5. BuzzCoastin | Jun 15, 2014 at 3:32 am |

    brought by a babysitter who says he was fired because he was obese

    in their defense
    he was eating them out of house & home

  6. PrimateZero | Jun 15, 2014 at 6:49 am |

    My answer’s a big FAT ….NO. I feel this will only make their obesity worst. The amount of money they will get from a “disability” check won’t be much, so they will be purchasing the most food for cheap. Those cheap foods are high in sugar and fats, which will only help contribute to Jumbo’s obesity even more.
    The only plus side I see is the jobs that the morbidly obese will create in the home healthcare industries. Nurses and aids who come to their homes to see to their needs (sponge baths, ass wiping, etc….). Also the crane operators and flatbed truck drivers who will be needed to get Orca out of the house and into church at least once a week.

  7. ‘Fat’ isn’t a disease, it’s an adjective (and a noun when used to describe actual fat cells).

    Fuck, I’m fat, but I work, pay taxes, pay for my own healthcare when I need it, and my own two feet are able to support me. Yes, I probably have been the ‘victim’ of size discrimination and ‘fat-hate’, but I would never dream of trying to apply for aid just because I’m fat. Disability support should be for people who are actually disabled and unable to care for or support themselves, or those whose medical needs are beyond their financial capabilities.

    • Matt Staggs | Jun 17, 2014 at 3:11 pm |

      I’ve met a fair number of people who *want* to be on disability. It sounds awful to me. I’m glad that we have some support for people who can’t work (and really, I think what we have is inadequate), but for the able-bodied and able-minded, taking your chances in the job market is probably a better option in the long run. You don’t get much money, and once you’re on it, it’s hard to get off of it and do something else.

      We’ve got a huge problem with people seeking disability as a lifestyle in my state, and I met a lot of them when I was working in a medical setting. I don’t think that it’s laziness (everyone has that “welfare queen” image in their heads and it’s not accurate) in as much as it is a lack of other compelling options, living in an environment where that’s the norm and there’s no role-models to illustrate an alternative, and probably some degree of refusal to accept the drudgery of the American workplace.

      I’ve seen people who look at illness or injury, real or imagined, as a golden ticket. and to some degree that reflects on our culture as a whole.

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