Will rising health care costs keep the obese from being hired?

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Will rising health care costs keep the obese from being hired?
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Mon, 04-16-2012 - 12:37pm

It's bad enough to be a smoker but that might be something easy to conceal. Smokers cost employers an additional $1,275 a year, while obese workers cost $1,850 more than normal weight people, this recent study says. Will the rising cost of healthcare and associated costs become a factor in hiring the overweight over the next few years?

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Well, as sad as it may be, obesity is already a factor in hiring (or not) in many occupations... Rising costs may well help those who already discriminate to justify their aversion to hiring overweight individuals.



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I agree that it already is a decision. I think age is a strong factor too these days because of skyrocketing health care costs. It used to be that you could change careers at 50 and no one thought twice about it. Now you do anything you can to appear younger and never mention your age or anything that might elude to your age.

We have President Obama to thank for this!

Brenda

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Registered: 01-23-2012

I think it most defnitely will become an extreme factor. In many cases, it already has, it's just not talked about or "officially" acknowledged.

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Registered: 10-29-2004

Even though a lot of employers will not hire those that are overweight I can see lawsuits of discrimination because of it.

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