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August 29, 2016 3:24 pm

Fat Drivers Need Not Apply, Says Israeli Bus Company Want-Ad

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An Egged bus. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

An Egged bus. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Israeli job-seekers who encountered a want-ad published by the country’s largest public bus company were outraged that it required applicants not to be overweight, Israel’s Channel 10 reported on Monday.

According to the report, which appeared on the network’s “Orly and Guy Morning Show,” the ad specified that “no drivers with a 30-35 Body Mass Index will be accepted.” This means that nobody considered fat is eligible to become a driver for Egged.

Ayelet Kalter, an expert in the treatment of obesity and eating disorders in Israel, expressed ire over the ad. “We are a very fat-phobic society,” she told Orly and Guy. “If a fat person walks down the street, 85 percent of the public thinks terrible things about him.”

“We have to remember that weight doesn’t define a person, whether he is healthy or not,” she said. “To my pleasant surprise, no one has agreed to claim responsibility for the formulation of the ad, which indicates that there is some change happening in the discussion.”

BMI is defined as the body mass divided by the square of the body height. According to the World Health Organization, a BMI equal to or greater than 25 is considered overweight; above 30 is considered obese.

Egged — or, the Israel Transport Cooperative Society Ltd. — is a bus cooperative owned by its members.

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  • sally2

    Perhaps they had better take a good look at some of their overfed rabbis. Their gluttony shows that they have no control or feel entitled to eat everything to the max.

  • Andrea

    Considering the security issues that bus drivers in Israel may be required to handle, it seems reasonable to require a minimal level of agility or fitness.

  • darla mcgibbon

    I was always called a kind, sensitive, generous, intelligent person, but it was only after I lost 150 pounds that I started getting attention from guys who had ignored me in the past.

    We fat people are like everyone else…….except that we’re not attractive. Even to other fat people. Blubber is no more attractive than acne.It’s physiology…not prejeudice!

    So stop whining and do what I did: lose the weight and get the date!

  • Jay Lavine

    Unfortunately, most people do not understand that overeating is an eating disorder and by far the most common one. Many people who are obese do not even think of themselves as such.