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EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability 625

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mrspoonsi (2955715) writes The EU's top court is considering a test case which could oblige employers to treat obesity as a disability. Denmark has asked the European Court of Justice to rule on the case of a male childminder who says he was sacked for being too fat. The court's final ruling will be binding across the EU. It is seen as especially significant because of rising obesity levels in Europe and elsewhere, including the US. If the judges decide it is a disability then employers could face new obligations. Employers might in future have a duty to create reserved car parking spaces for obese staff, or adjust the office furniture for them, she said.
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EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability

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  • by Hognoxious (631665) on Friday June 13, 2014 @12:48AM (#47227333) Homepage Journal

    Unless you have chloroplasts, you totally can lose weight.

  • by Stellian (673475) on Friday June 13, 2014 @04:35AM (#47228021)

    Yet, the vast majority of obese people have perfectly working thyroids. This is not about recognizing that some medical conditions can derail your metabolism, which I believe no one is arguing, and should be covered by existing disability laws.

    This is about treating all obese people, the vast majority of which are so because of their own choices, as disabled. Inability to control your own actions becomes a valid form of disability. It's a slippery slope because it legitimizes self harm and forces society to take responsibility. If obesity is a form of disability, so is tobacco or gaming dependence. And if treating obesity is not about making people eat less, then clearly treating dependence is not about smoking or gambling, we as a society should hold together and provide comfort: smoking places and breaks, subsidies for food when all the person's paycheck is lost in the casino, job protection when the addiction interferes with work performance, free medical coverage for resulting problems etc.

    BTW, I write the above as a 220 pound man, who use to be as large as 260 pounds, and knows full well how hard it is for an obese person to control her appetite and weigh. But I fully understand it's MY body and MY choices, I'm fat because I love food, it's one of the great pleasures of my life and I wouldn't dream to blame nature or society for my fate.

  • by JosKarith (757063) on Friday June 13, 2014 @07:15AM (#47228513)
    Yep, they fix nitrogen and carbon from the air, using energy from sunlight. Animals on the other hand burn these compounds to release the energy. Unless you've learned to photosynthesise your weight gain/loss is going to be pretty directly related to the fuel intake/fuel use ratio.

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