Tag: American Medical Association

Classification of Obesity as a “Disease” has Huge Employment Law Implications

Friday, June 21, 2013

News broke yesterday that the American Medical Association voted to re-classify obesity from a condition to a disease. Conventional wisdom has been that normal, run-of-the-mill obesity, unlinked to an underlying medical condition such as diabetes, is not a disability protected from discrimination by the Americans with Disabilities Act. This decision by the AMA, however, will likely flip that conventional wisdom on its head. The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), as amended in 2009, is so broad that it covers virtually any diagnosed medical condition as a “disability.” Now, employers will likely have to consider reasonable accommodations for anyone with a body mass index of 30 or over. Also, anyone who appears to have that BMI will have potential protections from terminations and other adverse actions related to that perceived “disease.” Read More