Is Obesity Now A Disability Under the Americans With Disabilities Act?

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The American Medical Association voted last month to classify obesity as a disease requiring a range of medical interventions to advance obesity treatment and prevention.  Given the broad definition of “disability” under the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Wisconsin disability anti-discrimination act, it may not be too long before courts start ruling that obesity is covered by these disability discrimination laws and reasonable accommodations will need to be provided as appropriate.  Keep an eye out for decisions addressing the issue that are sure to be forthcoming in the near future.