Fatties and the Workplace

 Okay, this was a lol moment, I had to share with you.

 I’m reading the abstract on research regarding the Cost of Obesity in the Workplace.  Here is the quote:

To quantify per capita and aggregate medical expenditures and the value of lost productivity, including absenteeism and presenteeism, because of overweight, and grade I, II, and III obesity among U.S. employees.

 Presenteeism?  WTF is presenteeism?  So I looked it up:

 practice of persistently working longer hours and taking fewer holidays than the terms of one’s employment demand, esp as a result of fear of losing one’s job

 So us wicked fatties are damned for taking too much time off from work, and damned for being at work too much.  OMG.  And the definition even includes the reason why fat people do this – because we are afraid of being fired because we know all about fatphobia and fat discrimination.  Hello? 

 And the stupidity continues; here’s the conclusion:

 Successful efforts to reduce the prevalence of obesity, especially among those with a body mass index >35, could result in significant savings to employers.

 Uh-huh.  But, as scientists will tell you, at this time there is no successful way to reduce the prevalence of obesity except by eliminating fat people.  

Is that what they are proposing? 

As the saying goes, just because you’re paranoid, doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you.

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3 thoughts on “Fatties and the Workplace

  1. Generally when I’ve heard Presenteeism discussed it’s in the context of working while sick (and getting less done PLUS exposing others who THEN get sick) or errors caused by burnout / illness.

    A doctor wrote about working while sick in healthcare. A lot of restaurant workers don’t have sick days, which is also a problem. (It also kinda makes me think I should cook at home more.)

    With fatties, you wonder if they’re assuming fat people get sick more, what kind of illnesses they attribute to fatness, or if they’re drinking the Kool-Aid on “Fatness is contagious! Fat people make their coworkers fat!”

  2. I think instead of focusing on fat workers, the business community should take a look at the mentality of American workplaces. I’ve read studies and reports where Americans have the least amount of sick days and vacation days and that some bosses have chided their employees for taking off work for being sick. The last job I worked at penalized employees for taking off and if you took 9 days off, even if they were spaced out—and they were your days to take, it was an automatic firing.

    There is a mindset that we shouldn’t be allowed any time off or we’re lazy. I believe that it’s this mindset, along with other non-fat factors, that causes the health of people to decline, not because of high weight. People will get sick regardless of size but it makes no sense to single out fat people because of preconceived health notions.

  3. “To quantify per capita and aggregate medical expenditures and the value of lost productivity, including absenteeism and presenteeism, because of overweight, and grade I, II, and III obesity among U.S. employees.” I’m thinking what this person ment to say was: When I calculated lost productivity I included both absenteeism and presenteeism. I could be wrong, of course, but it seems a bit more logical.
    You think this is bad though? A study was doing the rounds on Scandinavian special interest blogs for leaders in the financial sector, in which a scientist had taken it upon himself to map how many people in the workforce are “overweight” and “obese”. The guy had done this, but in a comment includes his opinion that “a person suffering from obesity, performs poorer in the workplace and often has a higher amount of sickdays than a person of normal weight.” (Translated by me.) http://www.ledernett.no/id/44304 This is then treated as just as much of a truth as the results he has arrived at by actually, you know, doing the research. I tried asking where the foundation was for this comment, but didn’t receive a reply.

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