Archive for May, 2014

Obesity Can Be a Protected Disability

May 2, 2014 — A federal court ruling that obesity can be a protected disability provides yet another indication that employers who discriminate against competent employees with obesity are creating legal liabilities for their businesses. Joseph Whitaker sued his former employer, America’s Car Mart, claiming that the company “terminated his employment because of his disability and, in retaliation for the charge […]

Guidelines for Media Portrayals of Obesity

May 1, 2014 — The media is an influential source of information about obesity, and shapes public understanding and attitudes about this important health issue. From network news to daily newspapers, obesity has become a fixture of daily headlines throughout the United States, and while this certainly raises the profile of obesity and its serious health implications, media representatives often […]

10 Obesity Research Gaps

May 1, 2014 — David Allison presented a thoughtful review this week of factors in research that interfere with understanding and reducing the impact of obesity. The occasion was the prestigious Atwater Memorial Lecture at the Experimental Biology meeting in San Diego. While acknowledging considerable progress in nutrition and obesity, he provided a rundown of issues to address if we […]