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Old 04-05-2012, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Texas
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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
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:04 AM
 
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and coming from Victoria Texas where closed down gyms turn into all you can eat buffet chains
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:08 AM
 
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What if the person is disabled because they are fat and is fully qualified for the job?
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Land of Thought and Flow
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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.
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:09 AM
 
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I bet they make exceptions for body builders and power lifters whos BMI's would always be stupidly off the charts. If they make exceptions then they are gonna get sued. Time to change the policy. Now if they make everyone pass a physical and stress test I can see that working.
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:10 AM
 
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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
From what I've seen of 2/3 of nurses they're going to be very under-staffed.
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:11 AM
 
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What if the person is disabled because they are fat and is fully qualified for the job?

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.
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:12 AM
 
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I bet they make exceptions for body builders and power lifters whos BMI's would always be stupidly off the charts. If they make exceptions then they are gonna get sued. Time to change the policy. Now if they make everyone pass a physical and stress test I can see that working.
That makes more sense than relying on BMI, which is a very inaccurate measure of fitness/health. Also, they'll probably need to change their policy because it is based on appearance, rather than health.

FWIW, I'm not in favor of refusing to hire smokers, either. Just don't let them smoke at work (or get extra breaks to go feed their habit).
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:14 AM
 
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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.
I guess I didn't think about that being a part of the "Job Description" but yeah that makes sense. It won't last for long. Weight discrimination will be a protected class soon enough.
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:14 AM
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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.
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