Obesity: A Protected Class?
Published by David Thurber on May 12, 2016
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that more than one-third (34.9 percent or 78.6 million) of American adults are considered obese, which it defines as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher using a weight to height ratio. Morbid obesity refers to a weight that is 100% higher than the norm for a person’s height. With more Americans than ever falling into the obese category, questions have been raised about whether the condition should be considered a disability and afforded legal protections.