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Old 04-05-2012, 12:52 PM
 
Location: West Coast of Europe
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> Title claims they won't hire "fat" people
> Article mentions BMI greater than 35

Someone with that kind of BMI isn't just fat. They're obese - and that's not the image that the hospital wishes to portray. They wish to have a staff of healthy individuals.
Definitely.
And there are also practical reasons. Really fat people tend to sweat more, which is not desired in hospitals. And they might simply use too much space, block doors etc.
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Old 04-05-2012, 12:54 PM
 
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I rather sympathize with the hospital.

After 20+ years of reviewing disability filings, I can say with some certainty that the Number One Occupation for filing disability claims are those in the health care industry: CNA, RN and (especially) home health care workers.

Of those filing, probably 90 percent are obese with a BMI of over 35 percent. Indeed, it is a rare case when a home health care worker (filing for disability) is not obese.

I know that if I were an advisor to a hospital, I would recommend not hiring the obese, since the chances are pretty good they will hurt their back on the job (virtually all cases I review involving health care workers are back cases).

I bet the hospital's insurance company had input into the decision.
Excellent point that will be looked over by the ones screaming that this hospital hates fat people.
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Old 04-05-2012, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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I have a silly question, how would the hospital know the BMI of the person applying for the job?
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Old 04-05-2012, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Land of Thought and Flow
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This ^^

Also, it boggles my mind how they think that hiring only stick people whose every thought concerns weight & diet can be good for the patients.
I'd rather take my health be in the hands of someone who was capable of taking care of themselves over someone who doesn't.

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I have a silly question, how would the hospital know the BMI of the person applying for the job?
If they have to waddle because their thighs overlap, they're too big.
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Old 04-05-2012, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Stuck in NE GA right now
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It began with smokers and everyone seemed to think that was just dandy. Now, it's "fat" people.

Where does it end? When is enough..enough?

Life Inc. - Texas hospital says fat people need not apply
I'm not surprised, like you said it started with smoking and will continue on to "fat" people.

I work in a hospital and I'm overweight, I wonder what's next on the chopping block.

I also worked as a nurse for 20 years before I quit, nurses today are much the same as they were when I quit, no matter how physically fit you are if your lifting patients you will have back injuries - it comes with the job and that's why so many nurses try to get away from hospital nursing.
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Old 04-05-2012, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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I'm not surprised, like you said it started with smoking and will continue on to "fat" people.
And then what's next? People with sinus problems that blow their noses a lot? People with piercings or tattoos?

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I'd rather take my health be in the hands of someone who was capable of taking care of themselves over someone who doesn't.
Thinness does not always equate good health.

Oh, and I loved this part:

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… an employee’s physique “should fit with a representational image or specific mental projection of the job of a healthcare professional,” including an appearance “free from distraction” for hospital patients.
Who's to define what is "free from distraction"? An unusual hairstyle? A big nose? Big feet? Big boobs? Facial hair?

This will be challenged, and probably quickly.
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Old 04-05-2012, 01:39 PM
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Location: Texas
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If more jobs require this and it goes on to other restrictions (smoking, overweight, etc.)...how are these people suppose to work if no one will hire them? It may take a while to get rid of the problem but in the mean time, would you folks rather they live on welfare?
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Old 04-05-2012, 01:39 PM
 
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If one of the qualifications for the job is weight then how can they be "fully qualified" for the job?

If you grew up on a farm and liked to ride horses, it does not mean you fully qualified to be a professional jockey.
How is this any different that religious organizations be allowed to hire only those who agree to follow their church doctrine?

You cannot have it both ways!
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Old 04-05-2012, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Land of Thought and Flow
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Thinness does not always equate good health.
True, but severe obesity always equates to poor health.
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Old 04-05-2012, 01:42 PM
 
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If the hospital wants to have a healthy image projected to the public they have every right to bar fat slobs from applying for jobs....
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