We all know the importance of eating well and exercising. Rarely does a week go by without there being story on the news reminding us of the role maintaining a healthy weight plays. These reports generally focus on the stress extra pounds place upon organs in the body such as the heart as well as how it puts you at greater risk for certain diseases such as cancer. It turns out there is another reason that can be added to the list of why it is important to reach and maintain a healthy weight-the odds that you will survive a car accident.
In our prior post, we shared the story of a young woman who lost her job because her employer considered her to be too overweight. This sadly isn't an isolated incident. Over 35.7 percent of American adults are considered to be obese, and many of them suffer false assumptions based on their looks. In fact, the woman in our prior post was told that her weight was an indication that she couldn't "control her own life" despite losing over 100 pounds after a lifetime of being overweight.
For 65-year-old Peggy, life has always been a little different than her peers and her co-workers. There isn't a day she can remember that she was not overweight. No matter what she did, no matter how much went into weight-loss efforts, she had always been one of the 37.5 percent of United States adults that are classified as obese.
Everyone has personal biases and these biases can shape how we view or interpret others. Since everyone has personal biases, can people be held liable for their biases? When personal biases are present in a working environment and affect one's employment, someone's personal biases could create an unlivable work environment. A college professor recently conducted a study on the subject of obesity and its impact in a workplace. The results could impact employment in Kansas and Missouri.