In for a penny, in for a pound

Winston, Paul
April 2004
Business Insurance;4/12/2004, Vol. 38 Issue 15, p6
These days, our diets are under closer scrutiny than ever, by ourselves, by our government, by attorneys and by our restaurant chains. Restaurants are scrambling to adjust their menus in a bid to ensure that however people's tastes change, they'll still buy lots of what's offered. The U.S. Governments now view obesity as a health epidemic, noting the many health problems associated with being fat, from hypertension to high cholesterol to diabetes and many other ailments. With society's growing alarm at the epidemic of obesity in the United States and other developed countries, it's only a matter of time before a court of law concludes that obesity is unhealthy. The insurance industry has largely focused on the potential cost of obesity-related liability, be it from the cornucopia of lawsuits against food-related companies, or discrimination claims for various failures of size accommodation.


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