Jul 16th 2009 By Emerald Catron
Are there jobs where your weight should matter? Obviously if you can't squeeze down the aisles, you might not make a great flight attendant
, but what if you're in reasonably good health and capable of doing the job?
President Obama has nominated Regina Benjamin
for Surgeon General, but instead of people being totally psyched about her MacArthur genius award, her impressive charitable works, or her down-to-earth working-class background, everybody is trying to guess her BMI
. Some people think a country plagued with obesity should not have an obese person representing our nation's health care.
Still, we don't remember anyone throwing this argument at all those husky surgeon generals who happened to be male. If C. Everett Koop
could be in charge of the nation's health-care system while doing an amazing impression of a Civil War surgeon
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