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.So many figures, eh? So confusing!
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.
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.