I do know that people make judgements about healthcare workers and make assumptions about the value of the advice based on someone's appearance. In fact, we had a very overweight diabetes educator in a hospital where I used to work and people would actually make comments like, "if it's so easy, why doesn't she do it" and other things to indicate they felt the dietary advice was somewhat hypocritical and were choosing not to take it seriously. I think, however, that their refusal to accept sound dietary advice based on research and recommendations for their condition and what they themselves know to be true had much more to do with their motivation and readiness to change than it did with the weight of the diabetes educator.
I like to consider both sides and play devil's advocate, but to me the bottom line is that this is discrimination. Hiring should be based on ability to perform the job functions.
Last edited by bunnabear; 01-27-2013 at 08:54 AM.