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Old 03-25-2013, 11:32 AM
 
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I had a weight issue when I lost my job at my college. I was depressed, frustrated and tired of being knocked around. I didn't even want to admit I had a weight problem, even though my grandmother and uncle talked about it almost every day. One day, when my uncle was viewing pictures from Christmas dinner with my other uncle in New Jersey, I knew right then that my weight was out of control. I started going to the gym and working out three days a week. My weight came down and I felt more positive and healthier. I still have more weight to lose but if I didn't do something about my weight before, I would have been in a hospital by now.

Your friend needs to lose weight. Not only is it unhealthy, employers have a tendency to judge you based on your appearance. They won't say in your face 'we won't hire you because you're overweight' because that's discrimination. They'll come up with something else to reject you.
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Old 03-25-2013, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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Yeah my boss just spent a week interviewing for a secretary position.

The good looking ladies had lengthy interviews... His response to me about the lady that was grossly overweight?

"I am not going to come to work and look at THAT everyday."

Sad but true.
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Old 03-25-2013, 02:08 PM
 
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Unless she was 6'6" she was morbidly obese at 260 lbs. I hate to be callous but 99 weeks on the dole and you GAIN 100 Lbs?!?!?!?. No offense but going to a job interview looking like a dumptruck doesn't help your chances.... It may be mean but it is a fact. People are going to subconciously judge you as lazy, slow and lacking in self control if you are grossly overweight.

Why couldn't she have used that time off to work on her weight? At 360 lbs she is putting herself in danger of serious health issues. A job may soon be the least of her worries!
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Old 03-26-2013, 05:43 AM
 
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If she's still applying for admin roles she's going to have some trouble IMO.
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Old 03-26-2013, 06:57 PM
 
Location: NJ
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If she's still applying for admin roles she's going to have some trouble IMO.
At 5'4", 360, she has no chance. It is an astonishing combination, and longterm health should be her primary concern.
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Old 03-26-2013, 07:30 PM
 
Location: New York, NY
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I can never allow myself to reach that point. I'd rather stop eating altogether. If I were interviewing her, I would definitely not hire her based on her weight. Even if she went to Harvard. An obese lifestyle says a lot about a person. I'd think she is lazy and gives up too easily.
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Old 03-26-2013, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Try being a gym owner. I once had a nice young woman interview with me for a manager's position. She resembled the person that the OP is describing. Fortunately I had a more qualified and in shape person apply, who I hired.

There are some jobs where you really do have to look the part.
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Old 03-26-2013, 08:17 PM
 
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this thread is old..........any update?
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Old 03-26-2013, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Corona the I.E.
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this thread is old..........any update?
Maybe she lost the weight and is gainfully employed, maybe she went on biggest loser who knows?

On a serious note, I would be concerned about putting someone that heavy on my insurance plan they are at a much higher risk for health related problems.

And as someone that has had weight challenges people discriminate against the morbidly obese sad but true. Doesn't mean you have to be model thin but more than 40 pounds overweight and people take notice.
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Old 03-26-2013, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Australia
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I haven't read the entire thread.

How would stress cause you to gain so much weight? If anything, stress should cause a person to lose weight.
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