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30 / M / Marshall, Michigan
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Posted 2/20/15
The European Court of Justice recently ruled that obesity is a disability that should be protected from discrimination. Do you think obesity should be considered a disability and those with not be discriminated against?
Posted 2/20/15
I don't believe people should be discriminated against if it can be helped. The fact that some people say they can't help being Obese has me on the fence. I mean, I never seen a fat person starved to death, because if you starved yourself you're not fat.
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People shouldnt be discriminated against for it, but most people who are obese made themselves that way. Ergo it shouldn't be qualified as a disability. In some cases being heavily overweight may be caused by hyperthyroidism, but most obese people are obese due to their diets that they themselves chose. My dad used to be slightly obese, he lost sixty plus pounds. They can stop being obese, it's not a disability, there's nothing stopping most of them from changing their dietary habits, there's nothing to keep them from exercising, most of them just don't take action to try and improve their health.
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Posted 2/20/15

animegirl2222 wrote:

People shouldnt be discriminated against for it, but most people who are obese made themselves that way. Ergo it shouldn't be qualified as a disability. In some cases being heavily overweight may be caused by hyperthyroidism, but most obese people are obese due to their diets that they themselves chose. My dad used to be slightly obese, he lost sixty plus pounds. They can stop being obese, it's not a disability, there's nothing stopping most of them from changing their dietary habits, there's nothing to keep them from exercising, most of them just don't take action to try and improve their health.


So very well put!
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Oh and the above quoted post of mine comes from my being 300lbs at one point and losing 125lbs ;-). It is possible but it takes work.
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I myself used to weigh 130 something and now weigh between 108-115, haven't weighed myself in awhile though. I actually lost the excess weight when my dad lost the weight. So now I'm actually underweight, but not to a concerning extent
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Posted 2/20/15
Well obviously it shouldn't be discriminated against, but the amount of people who have obesity caused by a disease (like thyroid diseases) numbers as a vast minority compared to people who are obese due to their lifestyle choices.

Ruling it as a disability is just helping them make excuses in regards to their lack of proper health, whereas instead we should be encouraging and supporting them in terms of proper diet and exercise habits.
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Posted 2/21/15 , edited 2/21/15

PeripheralVisionary wrote:

[I don't believe people should be discriminated against if it can be helped. The fact that some people say they can't help being Obese has me on the fence. I mean, I never seen a fat person starved to death, because if you starved yourself you're not fat.


My biological aunt was put on a starvation diet to help with a heart condition. They hospitalized her with a 300 calorie liquid diet and 24 hour surveillance.. she gained 4 pounds in the two weeks there! Some people simply cannot avoid the weight gain, but in her case it is a medical condition that was not able to be treated.. cases where it is medical are a lot more rare than people claim.
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Posted 2/21/15
Ever heared of Hyper-Obesity?
Jeeze it's like nobody watched the simpsons episode covering that subject.
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Posted 2/22/15
Its weird. Should anorexia be labeled as a disability?


Some people are obese due to low metabolism and/or some sort of disease. It is so weird though because once an obese person gets to a healthy size, they're likely to gain that weight back. They're not lucky like the people with high metabolism.


So weird.
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Posted 2/22/15
It's not a disability. There are medical conditions that cause obesity or at least increased risk of it but then that would be your disability or imperfection or whatever you want to call it.

Should they be discriminated against? Well, no, discrimination is illegal last I checked, didn't know we needed to specify anything more than that. That being said, obviously fat people aren't fit for all jobs but then it's still not discrimination, then you simply don't fulfill the requirements for those jobs. It's like saying people without driver's licenses are being discriminated against because they can't take on jobs requiring moving about in a car.
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Posted 2/12/16

Terrance_Blaze wrote:

Ever heared of Hyper-Obesity?
Jeeze it's like nobody watched the simpsons episode covering that subject.


What episode is that from?
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Posted 2/12/16
At a certian point yes. No legal protections though.
Posted 2/12/16
No
Posted 2/12/16 , edited 2/12/16
No

This is "first world problems" to me
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