Obesity: Can it be disabling?
by: Gerald G. Lutkenhaus
Social Security has a set of Impairment Listings. At one time “obesity” had an impairment listing. Thus, if the applicant was of a certain height and weight, then the applicant received Disability. For example, if you were 5’2″ and 300 pounds, then you were well on your way to winning a Disability Case if you had any impairments in addition to your “obesity”.
In 1999, Social Security changed the Rules and deleted the Impairment Listing for “obesity”. Social Security did say it would consider the effects of “obesity” with regard to other listed impairments such as respiratory impairments, cardiovascular impairments, and muscoloskeletal impairments (back problems).
In a recent case I had a young lady who was 400 pounds and had spinal ste...