Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Who Didn't See That Coming?

Put the super-sized Whole Nut bar down, fat boys and girls. You're next.
A Texas newspaper recently reported about a fat-averse Texas hospital - Citizens Medical Center in Victoria, Texas - and its unheard-of policy of refusing to hire anyone with a body mass index of more than 35.

The policy, according to The Texas Tribune, states:

... an employee's physique "should fit with a representational image or specific mental projection of the job of a healthcare professional," including an appearance "free from distraction" for hospital patients.

"The majority of our patients are over 65, and they have expectations that cannot be ignored in terms of personal appearance," hospital chief executive David Brown said in an interview. "We have the ability as an employer to characterize our process and to have a policy that says what's best for our business and for our patients."

Body mass index is calculated based on height and weight, with a measure over 30 qualifying as obese. A 5-foot-10 man who weighs 245 pounds would have a BMI of over 35, the hospital's cutoff. A 5-foot-2 woman would be over the cutoff at 195 pounds.
So many figures, eh? So confusing!

For reference, then, here is a person with a BMI of over 30.

Now, I wonder where they got that stupid idea from?

Well, we did warn any lard arse stupid enough to think they were immune from the tobacco control template. Again, and again, and again. Oh yeah, and again.

Anti-smoking wobble-bottoms should think about waking up, and keeping their snouts out of their Krispy Kremes long enough to smell the coffee.


BrianSJ said...

This boy seems to have a suitable BMI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNMVMNmrqJE

Steve Brown said...

Hahahahahahaha!! *deep breath* Hahahahahahahaha!!
I shall repeat the above every single time I hear a 'fatty' moaning about illegal discrimination!

Jaxthefirst said...

Quite apart from the rather smug feeling of “We told you so,” which must surely be inevitable for any smoker in the light of this little gem of news, the fact that it’s fatties who look set to be next on the hitlist in the US (my money’s still on the non-smoking boozers for the UK, personally) increases my smugness factor tenfold, for the simple reason that a large proportion of these big’uns are probably only in that category because they obediently gave up smoking the moment the “experts” told them to. 
Now, no doubt, they’ll discover to their cost that similarly-obediently going on a diet and taking up jogging won’t cut any ice with the Healthists if the results aren’t as immediate and drastic as their “betters” want, just as we smokers discovered that refraining from lighting up in non-smoking areas and actively trying to prevent our smoke from annoying others wasn’t enough, either …
It certainly makes the self-defensive retort from chubsters the world over of “Well, at least I don’t smoke!” start to sound rather hollow now, doesn’t it?  Well, you know what they say – the bigger they are, the harder they fall.  How appropriate!

DerekP said...

"...mental projection..."


Hellenist said...

Does the exclusion include ethnic minorities ?

Anyway lets have a reality check on the Yanks
They should keep to what they excel at
dropping bombs from 30,000 feet on old women and kids,
using 5 year old kids to make trainers ,giving them 5 cents a pair and
flogging them for £100 to teenage jerkoffs in the west.

In future generations a hundred civilizations will stll figure, the USA
might get a few mentions, The Little Big Horn,Pearl Harbour,Elvis and The Twin Towers

Worthless Homesteaders

Europa Nostra 

SadButMadLad said...

BMI is only a proxy for fat. It can also be high due to muscularity. It is also calculated differently for children, though all the NHS pamphlets that show 12yr old rugby players as obese show that the "experts" are using the adult calcs for children. There are also international variations. The Japanese will have a different BMI chart from typical Americans. There are also time variations. In the 1840s when BMI was "invented" people where typically shorter and less healthy than they are now. In fact it was based on soldiers in the Prussian war So the BMI figures should be adjusted for the the change in height and build in the population.

nicholas.ashley1 said...

Well, if we applied that here we'd lose half our nurses. The BMI calculation is very discredited. They should measure the fat to lean ratio by conductimitry for an accurate figure

Little Black Censored said...

Tut tut, the child has not been pixellated.