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Obesity Action

In June, the American Medical Association (AMA) officially recognized obesity as a disease, raising the question of whether this would push obesity into the ever-expanding category of conditions requiring accommodation under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has long distinguished between “morbid obesity,” commonly defined as a body mass index greater than 40, which it considers a disability, and less-severe obesity, which it does not. 

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