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Obesity is Now a ‘Disease,’ AMA says; What’s That Mean for HR?

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The American Medical Association (AMA) this summer officially designated obesity as a “disease”—instead of as a condition. The AMA’s designation does not carry any official change in the law or regulations. But experts say it could increase the likelihood that obese employees will be deemed “disabled” under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), plus increase your organization's workers' comp costs.

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Darliene Howell August 10, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Companies interested in finding how to avoid size-related discriminatory practices can request a copy of NAAFA’s Size Diversity Toolkit by going to http://www.naafaonline.com/dev2/education/sizediversity.html

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