Obesity in the Workplace

So, staying in line with the politically incorrect, here’s a post on Obesity. Yahoo news really seems to (at least) point to articles that fuel the preposterous activist agenda. Here is an article on weight related discrimination in the world place. Gee, looks affecting people and there careers. What a surprise.

Luckily, there’s only a couple quotes that I need from the article to show its absurdity.

Obese employees cost U.S. private companies an estimated US$45 billion annually in medical expenditures and work loss

Between 1997 and 2004, obese workers filed twice the number of workers’ compensation claims, had seven times the medical costs and lost 13 times the days of work from work injury or illness compared with other employees

the average medical-claims costs per 100 employees amounted to US$51,019 for the obese, compared with US$7,503 for the non-obese

If you’re healthy and rarely miss work, say so.

That last one was spoken by a 400 pound woman. Kinda hard to swallow what she said when the previous quotes are read. Especially when those previous quotes are facts from medical researchers and has showed up in the journals. Sorry, but when I get the choice of opinion v.s. medical fact, I choose medical fact.

But while employers may think they’re saving money by not hiring an overweight person, they might not be taking into account an applicant’s qualifications, which could be far more valuable, Roehling says.

It’s exceptionally rare to find someone with qualifications that are unparalleled in comparison to the competition. Not to mention the fact that people can be trained in many cases. Typically, it’s the small things that put someone above the others during the hiring process. It’s also hard to be valuable when you’re not around because you’re sick, etc.

Though overweight people may receive some protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act

Being overweight is NOT a disability, it’s a self inflicted condition that is detrimental to ones health. It’s a product of physical laziness and poor eating habits. Those habits are learned from parents most of the time, but that does not mean its genetic. In fact, I recall several studies that found so-called “fat genes.” But, when one runs the numbers those that have the gene(s) are estimated in several orders of magnitude less than one percent of the world’s population. I can also mention the epigenome which shatters any genetic notion as well.

This also makes sense on an evolutionary level. Fat people wouldn’t exactly be good hunters nor would be able to spend lots of time in the fields. Not being a good provider would have made those genes go pretty much extinct a long time ago.

Quite frankly, if I was running a business I wouldn’t be apt to hire someone who was significantly overweight, never-mind obese. Not only is it a poor business decision when it comes to the bottom line, it would also negatively affect work flow because that person won’t be around as much as other healthier employees i.e. crunch time is harder to get through with less people around.

All that being said, similar things go for thinner people as well. Last time I was sending out applications they all wanted to hear about any hobbies, etc that I had. It was also specifically noted that the listed hobbies had to not be work related. One should read this as the potential employer feeling out the potential employee to see if they have a healthy well-rounded life-style. In general, healthy employees are more efficient happier people. They’ll also be less likely to have a stroke or heart-attack by the age of 35 never mind cardiovascular diseases and other weight related illnesses.

So, clearly there is an overall equal treatment of people during the hiring process. It’s just that people who don’t meet the health criteria, e.g. fat people, are the ones mostly effected by it. But, I’ll also point to smokers having to pay higher health insurance fees along with other known unhealthy life-style choices (even if they’re skinny!). Point of fact, if you have a known issue, then people are going to judge you based on that if it comes into play. And being fat has direct impact on efficiency, happiness and health.

I’d hate to say it, but hiring thinner healthy people makes sense on every level that I can think of.

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