When you go into an interview, the key to winning is two things: how you sell yourself, and how others buy into your pitch. Apparently, according to my mother, if you are too fat, you can’t possibly get employed. I can imagine how horrible a future that would look if we based employment on that.
Now before an employer actually hires an individual, they would now be required to look at how much you exercised and how much your exercise will keep you alive to work in the future. Not only that, right next to that report would be a report on the daily foods you eat before and after you go to work. You eat too much in one week and someone comes from HR saying, “Johnson, we have to talk.”
I know employers want a certain kind of individual, and I realize that this is an age of survival of the fittest, but what does that have to do with me getting a job? I have a Bachelor’s Degree and have worked on computers for most of my natural life. I’ve worked in computer labs in colleges helping fellow students do the simple tasks that would otherwise annoy people who have equal knowledge as me. Why can’t that count for something?
The overweight have to pay the same bills as the muscle-bound steroidians we drool over on television and film. That would be an interesting demographic of homeless people to come should this trend catch on as it seemingly has been. If corporations really want their employers to be better fit, then maybe they should help pay those high memberships to Bally’s.
It seems like a small and petty issue, but I wonder if this problem is really bothering people enough that folks need to deny them employment.