The answer is yes. The newest form of discrimination in the workplace is obesity. The reason, most likely, is the cost to keep people healthy who work for you. Will insurance costs go up if you hire less healthy people?

One of the issues is how we view health. We do not look at health, rather we look at how a person looks; their image. This is not a good indicator of one’s health and their ability to perform. We look at someone and assume because they are skinny or the “perfect” weight that they are healthy. This person may in fact be quite unhealthy. They may smoke, not sleep well, eat a poor diet, not exercise and have high blood pressure.

A person considered a little chubby might be criticized or judged for not taking care of him/herself because of a slight weight issue. In truth this person may be quite healthy, work out, eat well, sleep well, exercise, have low blood sugar and low cholesterol. In truth, this person may have overall more energy throughout their day, is more pleasant to deal with and more alert versus the one who is undernourished.

I want to share a clip that was sent to me. The beginning part has a doctor questioning the Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie’s health; a potential 2016 presidential candidate. She is questioning his ability to perform based on his weight. The experts agree that our old way of measuring health based on the BMI index is no longer a true measure.

Take a look:

CNN REPORT: Anderson 360 show: Does being overweight determine health?

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