Here is an excellent example as to why Canada should not be used as a role model for United States jurisprudence. Judicial activism at its finest!
The Canadian supreme court ruled that obese people must be given "2 for 1" seats on commercial aircraft.
So the lesson here is that I can eat myself to 500 pounds and I won't have to worry about spending that extra $300 for a 2nd seat so my fat ass can sit comfortably.
The decision is bad on so many levels - let's examine it closely. In order for the court to have ruled in favor of "unnamed Fatty" they'd have to have taken at face value that this person wasn't in control of his/her weight gain. According to many health experts, no more than 10% of obese people can attribute their weight gain to hormonal imbalance. That means 90% of fatties are fat because of their slothful lifestyle.
With obesity across the United States trending upwards, more and more people will be looking to get special treatment and more subsidies. They'll be saying "I can't control my weight so I deserve to have my obesity classified as a 'disease'".
It's absolutely maddening to see this lack of personal willpower playing itself out in the courts - and with the result that the rest of us are paying for it!
I used to work with a guy who was almost 600 pounds. He'd shuffle into work, sit at his desk all day and then shuffle off to home. His manager approached him one day to say that he was concerned that the weight was endangering his health and he offered to get him some professional help to deal with it. The guy told his manager, "I don't want to talk about it and if you bring it up again I'll sue you." He then got up and shuffled back to his desk. This same guy was with us at a trade show and during set up, fell down in one of the aisles. They had to bring Bobcat over to get him up. During the same show, we went to dinner and this obese guy came with us. They sat us at a corner table and, at the end of the night, he couldn't get out from behind the table. Waiters and busboys had to get tools and unbolt the table from the floor so fatty could get out. At the time this guy drove a full-size Chevy Suburban. In order to enter the vehicle, he'd firmly grip the steering wheel and pull himself up into the driver's seat. Well one day he literally pulled the steering wheel out of its track and bent the bar that connected the steering wheel to the transmission (whatever its called). When he took the car to the dealership (the car was less than 2 years old) the dealer didn't want to honor the warranty because the force needed damage the steering column in such a way wasn't possible by one man. Well this guy did almost pull out the steering column of his Chevy Suburban.
He'd never admit it but he was probably pounding 10,000 calories a day just to maintain his sizable girth.
Again, I'm not casting aspersions on this poor fellow. I genuinely felt bad for him but, I can see how folks like this - who won't do anything to help themselves - will turn around and begin to demand (through the courts) that they get special treatment ; at all costs.