Is Being Obese A Handicap?

Do I qualify as disabled under ADA?

Under the ADA , you have a disability if you have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity.

To be protected under the ADA , you must have, have a record of, or be regarded as having a substantial, as opposed to a minor, impairment..

Who is considered a person with a disability?

The ADA defines a person with a disability as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity. This includes people who have a record of such an impairment, even if they do not currently have a disability.

Is being overweight a disability under the ADA?

Without evidence of an underlying physiological disorder or condition, extreme obesity is not an impairment under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), according to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

What qualifies as being obese?

A BMI of 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight. A BMI of 30 and above is considered obese. Individuals who fall into the BMI range of 25 to 34.9, and have a waist size of over 40 inches for men and 35 inches for women, are considered to be at especially high risk for health problems.

How heavy do you have to be to qualify for disability?

Someone with a body mass index (“BMI”) of 30 and over is considered obese, and an individual with a BMI of 40 or more is considered morbidly obese. SSA used to allow individuals to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits purely on the basis of morbid obesity.

How does obesity affect mobility?

Obesity exacerbates health complications and functional decline. Mobility is the ability to transfer body weight, climb stairs, walk independently and walk at moderate speeds. Better mobility reflects higher quality of life and longer survival [1, 2].