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ON: Is it true that most companies won't hire an obese person?

Posted 09-08-2014 at 01:55 PM by Blondebaerde
Updated 12-15-2014 at 03:56 PM by Blondebaerde

Originally Posted by bson1257 View Post
I heard a lot of people say that companies won't hire someone who is obese because they think they are lazy workers and their health insurance will cost too much
We can talk about biases all we want. Depending on school of thought, some say open discussion makes it worse, not better. Depends who you ask, and about what race (condition, gender, age: you name it).

My company has a great medical plan and basically foots the bill for people to be active. There are very few morbidly obese people here, in fact "none" I've seen lately. There must be some, on this distributed campus, I'm sure but it's rarer than in years past when I was good friends with at least one or two.

I assume there aren't many because smart people realize the upside of staying active, number one, and number two if they're being essentially paid to do-so, why not do-so?

Now: I've been thinner than current, I've been fatter, across the years so believe me the man in the glass house ain't throwing stones.

As far as general bias, I've seen a few hires around here that are questionable. In the case of one drop-dead gorgeous younger woman, who I think was over-leveled twice over, she's getting trounced some years later by peers with far greater depth (and ruthlessness). She'll languish over the mid to long term. I suspect, though could never prove, her dazzling smile and great personality won over more than a few interviewers to the detriment of all. Great person, I liked working with her some years ago, but that "bias" worked against her.

Conversely, I know a fat bald guy in his late 40s who I feel came in underleveled, also twice-over. I'd consider him a Fren-emy so don't really care about his problems, but did think he was smarter than all-that. He rubs people the wrong way, despite that (I grudgingly admit) he's borderline-genius IQ, so suspect that his old-guy demeanor and abrupt ways probably made the hiring board think "a little immature" based on how he projects.

Thus, yes, I cannot see obesity being a plus, when it comes to hiring decisions. It can only be a minus, rightly or wrongly.
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