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Man Fired for Being Obese Receives $55,000 Settlement

In October 2009, Ronald Kratz II was fired from his job for being morbidly obese. Kratz, 42, had worked at BAE Systems Inc. since 1994. He claims that he had always received good reviews and was surprised when he was suddenly fired from his job as a materials handler at BAE Systems because he was obese.

BAE Failed to Accommodate Kratz BAE Systems is a military vehicle manufacturing company that is based in Virginia. Kratz weighed as much as 680 pounds when he worked at BAE’s manufacturing location in Houston. He insists that his weight did not interfere with his ability to perform his job. He claims that approximately 90 percent of his job involves sitting and typing at a computer. His other job functions included counting products and occasionally driving a forklift.

The forklift’s seatbelts were (Read More....)

Superfoods To The Rescue

The health authorities are constantly whining about the state of our diets, the newspapers are telling us that everything gives us cancer and the media are producing TV shows to exhibit obese children and their terrible parents. However, while many are taking a negative stance on the man-against-cardiovascular disease campaign, there have been plenty of positive and encouraging reactions to our heavier society. TV chefs have made money promoting simple, healthy meals, a new wave of food branding has emerged with friendly, tongue-in-cheek comments on their pastel-colored cartons and McDonalds now sell bags of fruit. Among these positive reactions lie the ‘Superfoods’.

Superfoods have risen to stardom as a result of their high phytonutrient content. Phytonutrients are found in plants and are said to have health benefits, such as lycopene which is found in tomatoes and is thought to lower the risk of developing prostate cancer and cardiovascular diseases. While there has been some cynicism surrounding the actual health benefits of superfoods, these are undeniably healthy foods containing anti-oxidants so no one can complain that we’re being encouraged to eat them.

One of the best of these superfoods is the humble apple. Containing a large amount of skin-friendly Vitamin C, apples are a great snack to ensure that you’re left feeling and looking (Read More....)