Cleveland Clinic C.E.O. and president Dr. Toby Cosgrove has said he would prefer the right to stop hiring obese people in his organization. Of course I asked Dr. Cosgrove about it when I interviewed him for the film.
He explained that in fact he does not hate nor discriminate against fat people, but would like to look at a weight ban in the same context as a smoking ban. When he successfully rid smoking from his Cleveland Clinic campus, he saw a dramatic turn around. In his county alone the number of smokers decreased from 28% to 18%. In his view, lives were saved.
Being overweight myself I was offended when I first heard this, but I eventually understood Dr. Cosgrove’s point. If people took advantage of weight loss and nutritional programs that institutions sometimes offer as initiatives, they would start to feel better and have a chance at a longer life. In turn, their hospital or institution would be able to save millions on health care.
Is this fair or justified? I would love it if you would share your thoughts for the film. Please leave a comment!
Barry Roskin Blake
return to finding thin