Reaction in the USA – Blog Post by Greg Harradine

Response to Obesity being classified as a Disease in the USA:

I recall this issue certainly caused a media frenzy in the USA earlier this year. Obesity support groups were vocal and indicated they did not see themselves as having a disease at all.

If Australia follows suit then there will be ramifications for employers; they will have to give careful consideration to the way they manage situations with employees where body weight is impacting their ability to be productive in their day to day work. ER and potential workers’ compensation issues will have to be managed.

Greg

gharradine@wcd.net.au