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Whole Foods discriminating against overweight employees

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Old 03-07-2010, 01:40 AM   #16
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Any company that gives health insurance to its employes is penalized by higher premiums for obese employees.
I also don't get this. Do people who have had heart attacks, or other physical ploblems in the past also undergo these higher premiums? How would the employer know about them? Whatever goes on between the doctor and patient is confidential, so the employer does not know about the potential employees health. The only thing is that being overweight is "obvious," unlike "cancer" which might not be seen by a potential employer.
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Old 03-08-2010, 03:52 PM   #17
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Being thin is not an indication of health. Thin people who don't exercise will have a high percentage of body fat than their exercising counterparts.

I don't see this as discrimination. Employers are trying to encourage employees to be healthy. If they chose not to do what is necessary, they are going to cost the employer more in health insurance and days of work lost.
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Being thin is not an indication of health.
Neither is BMI, which even health experts will admit. I discuss this topic regularly with many Doctors, Epidemiologists, Registered Dietitians, Nurses and others in Public Health and Behavioral Medicine in the labs I work in.
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Old 03-14-2010, 03:40 AM   #19
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Can you please explain this to me? Do you get asked how much you weigh when you are hired anywhere? .
Employers don't ask for your weight, but most health insurance companies charge much more for people with high BMIs. As soon as the employees go to the doctor for a check up, the insurance company knows their BMI. The company that purchases the health insurance for their employees is charged accordingly.
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