Cleveland Clinic Head, Heal Thy Attitude

September 18, 2009 at 8:22 PM (Uncategorized) (, , , )

It makes me sad to be disappointed in one of the movers and shakers at the institution that saved my life, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation….

Evidently the head of the Cleveland Clinic would like to drive fat people into unemployment.

Regina Brett of the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote a column seconding the head of the Cleveland Clinic when he said if possible he would not hire any obese person. She ran into a sh!t storm of well deserved criticism as did he. If you don’t want to understand the physiology of fat development because it might interfere with your pet theories O.K. But there are a lot of other reasons that people put on weight that have nothing to do with the “Normal” calories in/calories out in traditional nutritionist dictum. Whether its the amazing weight gain caused by some antipsychotic drugs even when administered on locked psyc units with standard food intake or the difference in conversion of carbohydrates to fat between skinny and fat women. You have identified some of the reasons that obesity is epidemic and that goes double for poverty areas with little access to fresh fruits and greens particularly at affordable prices. Please understand that by reducing the problem to a simple binary problem you do grave injustice to the people dealing with this and encourage and justify the haters.

My response:

I see it more as an employment discrimination issue.  People always hate on fat people, that’s a given…but we shouldn’t work at CCF or other hospitals because we’re fat?Lack of a paycheck kinda puts a crimp in making healthy food choices doesn’t it?


  1. hymes said,

    And since people can now be legally forced to take so called anti-psychotics (so-called because all they really are is major tranquilizers and when I worked in the field that’s what they were more truthfully called), they are saying that a person should be discriminated in employment by force of law? And what about all the folks who take steroids that cause weight gain? For all kinds of conditions. Is it just a coincidence that many of the people they wouln’t want to hire also have expensive medical conditions? I think not.

  2. bridgett said,

    Makes you wonder, just a tiny bit, about the way that a fat person would be cared for there — versus another, perhaps not so explicitly, fat-hating joint…

    Health providers make thousands of decisions about who gets what resources, who gets the best of their energies…if your boss says that fat people are worth-less, do you think you’d get the message that you won’t be penalized for investing more time, energy and resources into the deserving? You know, unlike the fatty-fatties who bring their health conditions on themselves?

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