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Islander
12-21-14, 10:07 PM
Christina Sarich (http://naturalsociety.com/author/christina/)
December 21, 2014

There are currently 533,826,942 obese people (http://www.worldometers.info/obesity/) in the world, costing the US alone more than $382,405,400 in healthcare costs. These numbers are only expected to increase. The EU is among the countries with exploding obesity rates, and now a European Court of Justice (http://www.bbc.com/news/health-30529791) has determined that being ‘too fat’ can be considered a disability – in certain circumstances.

This issue comes to the fore after Karsten Kaltoft, who weighs about 160kg (25 stone), of Denmark was fired from his job for being obese. The court ruled that if the man’s weight hindered his ‘full and effective’ participation in his job requirements, it counts as a disability. The ruling is binding across the EU.

Keep reading: http://naturalsociety.com/european-union-says-fat-disability/?utm_source=Natural+Society&utm_campaign=58bccb2e29-Email+633%3A+12%2F21%2F2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f20e6f9c84-58bccb2e29-323119937

Julieanne
12-22-14, 12:52 AM
Well, if they have disability pensions in Denmark, it is going to cost the country a whole lot more money! This is a tricky one.

bmc65
12-22-14, 05:04 PM
Maybe we need to charge businesses a "fat tax" to cover healthcare costs. That might improve the SAD diet.