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Can obese people get handicapped parking permits? Why?

 
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Can obese people get handicapped parking permits? Why?
I saw a healthy looking senior with his very overweight wife (I'm assuming) pull into a disabled person's prime parking spot at the supermarket today. The couple did not look at all disabled, although the woman was very fat.

Does being fat qualify one for a disable parking permit?

I think doctors should give out special parking tags for overweight people. It would require them to park at the far end of the parking lot. After all, they should be getting exercise.

Who agrees?

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Re: Can obese people get handicapped parking permits? Why?
Very overweight people can break bones in their feet from walking too much.

You know, there are so many factors to whether people are slim or overweight--and many are not the overweight person's fault. Even if it is--well, we ALL have problems. Today you may be slim, but then you may get in an accident and be laid up for a long time, or your metabolism may quit, whatever, and you will be overweight.

If you talk with an overweight woman and get to know her, a lot of times you will find she was sexually abused in her childhood. That's right. I have seen this time and again.

And some people may be handicapped and look fine. That gentleman could have a heart problem or something.

People should just stop looking at who is parking in these spots. You don't know the person's health, you don't know the situation, so it just leads to unnecessary judgement.
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Very overweight people can break bones in their feet from walking too much.

You know, there are so many factors to whether people are slim or overweight--and many are not the overweight person's fault. Even if it is--well, we ALL have problems. Today you may be slim, but then you may get in an accident and be laid up for a long time, or your metabolism may quit, whatever, and you will be overweight.

If you talk with an overweight woman and get to know her, a lot of times you will find she was sexually abused in her childhood. That's right. I have seen this time and again.

And some people may be handicapped and look fine. That gentleman could have a heart problem or something.

People should just stop looking at who is parking in these spots. You don't know the person's health, you don't know the situation, so it just leads to unnecessary judgement.
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Basically people without limbs or spinal damage may miss out on a car park because she binge eats when she feels bad? How's that fair?
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Re: Can obese people get handicapped parking permits? Why?

Basically people without limbs or spinal damage may miss out on a car park because she binge eats when she feels bad? How's that fair?
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If this is your biggest problem in life then you are charmed.
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Re: Can obese people get handicapped parking permits? Why?
I just don't like people picking on overweight people.

But, I see your point.

I forget sometimes what it is like in America.

Here in Italy most places don't have big parking lots in front of them--you have to walk a long way to get where you are going handicapped or not. In America, is there really a lack of handicapped parking spots?
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Re: Can obese people get handicapped parking permits? Why?
Lol I'm in Australia, but yes they are pretty limited depending on the site, it comes down to local government requirements, some areas let developers get sways with anything. I use to work at a site like this and we would get non stop complaints about people parking in these zones. After having someone I care about end up in a wheelchair I can appreciate it's frustrating and embarrassing for people in wheelchairs when they need that extra large car park just to get out of the car and into their wheelchair, won't even go into finding the nearest access ramp. Sorry just a pet peeve of mine.
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Re: Can obese people get handicapped parking permits? Why?
Obese people usually have really bad knees and ankles, so they get disability parking stickers from their knee/ankle diagnosis from their doctor. The doctors disability statement comes from that, not that they were fat which caused the knee problem...Its form over substance.

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Doesnt bother me if they get to park in handicapped parking, I dont want to park that close anyway, nothing wrong with me, I need to walk.
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Re: Can obese people get handicapped parking permits? Why?
dude people with depression can get handicapped parking permits.
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dude people with depression can get handicapped parking permits.
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See, that's just wrong. Because exercise and fresh air, sunshine, are all good for curing depression.
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Re: Can obese people get handicapped parking permits? Why?
Handicapped parking is discrimination. In Washington State there are so many spots for the "handicapped" you cant even park. Its shit. Fat people need to cut their shit intake and walk to the door. You fat protectors should be ashamed of your self for supporting destructive lifestyle choices like being and saying fat.
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Re: Can obese people get handicapped parking permits? Why?
You think all disability is on the outside, but the man could just have a very weak heart, COPD, or kidney failure. It's none of your business. Be grateful you're fine.
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Re: Can obese people get handicapped parking permits? Why?
te fat bastards should be qaurenteened , its no desease its just fucking sloth greed , and disabled badges , fucking joke , they should be put to sleep iff anything ,

there fucking descusting , there's starving children and babies dying by the minute and alkl they think about is stuffing there face with food and litre's of coke , they are selfish pigs , sloths
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Oh shut up. Take some ENGLISH classes.
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that thread icon is way funny
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Re: Can obese people get handicapped parking permits? Why?
or maybe the person is fat because of chronic pain. chronic pain leads to no exercise leads to obesity.

or the person is disabled in some other acceptable way, and is on medication for that. medication has side-effect of increasing weight gain, also has side-effect of making sure the person taking it doesn't die. what do you do in that case?

anyone in this thread who isn't trolling, you call yourselves open-minded you post on GLP you're not sheep, well start acting open-minded. you can't judge a person's life health or worth from a 5 second encounter.
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Re: Can obese people get handicapped parking permits? Why?
or maybe the person is fat because of chronic pain. chronic pain leads to no exercise leads to obesity.

or the person is disabled in some other acceptable way, and is on medication for that. medication has side-effect of increasing weight gain, also has side-effect of making sure the person taking it doesn't die. what do you do in that case?

anyone in this thread who isn't trolling, you call yourselves open-minded you post on GLP you're not sheep, well start acting open-minded. you can't judge a person's life health or worth from a 5 second encounter.
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Lack of exercise does NOT LEAD TO OBESITY. You have to do cardio for 1 hour to burn off a can of coke. What leads to obesity is stuffing your face with 6000 calories a day. Lack of exercise can certainly contribute (no calorie burn) but you can only burn off so many calories a day unless you have time to spend 6 hours at the gym or you are an Olympic swimmer. The way your body looks is 90% diet and 10% exercise. These obese people can lose weight by eating 2 instead of 4 full combo meals from McDonalds and drinking water instead of soda.

People on medication or really do have thyroid problems are forgiven. They are however, less than 1% of obese people.
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Re: Can obese people get handicapped parking permits? Why?
They don't want them to get any excersise they want them fatter.
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Re: Can obese people get handicapped parking permits? Why?
My mum has one and when you see her she looks perfectly healthy however she has a very bad chronic disease called CRPS, or RSD. She also has rheumatoid arthritis in her spine. I admit when I ride with her and she parks handi I kind of feel stupid because you can't see her issues. None the less they are there and very severe. You just never know I guess. :)
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Re: Can obese people get handicapped parking permits? Why?
Doctors will issue placards for all sorts of reasons.

I know a guy who is diabetic with peripheral neuropathy (his feet are numb) and he has one because its hard for him to walk very far.

My brother is on the liver transplant waiting list and has one. He has very low energy levels and can't walk far without becoming dizzy. But if you just saw him sitting in a chair you'd think he was perfectly healthy (other than a slightly yellowish skin tint.)

So as another poster said, consider yourself fortunate a doctor hasn't needed to issue you one.

As for obesity being a only factor in getting one, I believe it is solely at the discretion of the doctor signing off on the paperwork.
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Rheumatoid arthritis?
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Re: Can obese people get handicapped parking permits? Why?
I think doctors should give out special parking tags for overweight people. It would require them to park at the far end of the parking lot. After all, they should be getting exercise.

Who agrees?
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te fat bastards should be qaurenteened , its no desease its just fucking sloth greed , and disabled badges , fucking joke , they should be put to sleep iff anything ,

there fucking descusting , there's starving children and babies dying by the minute and alkl they think about is stuffing there face with food and litre's of coke , they are selfish pigs , sloths
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Oh shut up. Take some ENGLISH classes.
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you meanie! he's got "can't write ENGLISH" disability!!!
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fuck you you dont know until you have lived in someone else shoes yall get worked up about this shit and could care less about what the government is doing to you everyday unfucking believable
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Re: Can obese people get handicapped parking permits? Why?
or maybe the person is fat because of chronic pain. chronic pain leads to no exercise leads to obesity.

or the person is disabled in some other acceptable way, and is on medication for that. medication has side-effect of increasing weight gain, also has side-effect of making sure the person taking it doesn't die. what do you do in that case?

anyone in this thread who isn't trolling, you call yourselves open-minded you post on GLP you're not sheep, well start acting open-minded. you can't judge a person's life health or worth from a 5 second encounter.
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Amen!
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or maybe the person is fat because of chronic pain. chronic pain leads to no exercise leads to obesity.

or the person is disabled in some other acceptable way, and is on medication for that. medication has side-effect of increasing weight gain, also has side-effect of making sure the person taking it doesn't die. what do you do in that case?

anyone in this thread who isn't trolling, you call yourselves open-minded you post on GLP you're not sheep, well start acting open-minded. you can't judge a person's life health or worth from a 5 second encounter.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1430273


Lack of exercise does NOT LEAD TO OBESITY. You have to do cardio for 1 hour to burn off a can of coke. What leads to obesity is stuffing your face with 6000 calories a day. Lack of exercise can certainly contribute (no calorie burn) but you can only burn off so many calories a day unless you have time to spend 6 hours at the gym or you are an Olympic swimmer. The way your body looks is 90% diet and 10% exercise. These obese people can lose weight by eating 2 instead of 4 full combo meals from McDonalds and drinking water instead of soda.

People on medication or really do have thyroid problems are forgiven. They are however, less than 1% of obese people.
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You'd be surprised how many people are truly disabled and gain weight from medicines, diabetes, thyroid, and numerous other illnesses.
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Re: Can obese people get handicapped parking permits? Why?
I have a disability parking permit due to spine damage that leaves my feet with no feeling. That makes it dangerous to walk on uneven surfaces because I can trip and fall (I have fallen twice this year because of it, broken foot one time, cracked wrist the other). Also leaves me in massive pain to walk long distances. A lap around the grocery store is about it, sometimes getting back to the car is a challenge and parking to far away would make it much worse.

Do I look disabled? No unless you see me walk, I drag my left foot quite a bit and my spine is no longer straight due to calcium buildup between the vertebrae pushing on one side more than the other. Has this made me gain weight? Yes because the docs have had me on prednisolone and it will make you gain weight fast.

Don't judge people unless you know their medical history.
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Basically people without limbs or spinal damage may miss out on a car park because she binge eats when she feels bad? How's that fair?
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If this is your biggest problem in life then you are charmed.

To Anonymous Coward...You are a true idiot...to think that people who lose there limbs fighting to protect a coward like you and your going to say that losing a limb is no big problem and you should consider yourself charmed. You try getting around without limbs you ungreatful slug.


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If this is your biggest problem in life then you are charmed.
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Basically people without limbs or spinal damage may miss out on a car park because she binge eats when she feels bad? How's that fair?
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If this is your biggest problem in life then you are charmed.

To Anonymous Coward...You are a true idiot...to think that people who lose there limbs fighting to protect a coward like you and your going to say that losing a limb is no big problem and you should consider yourself charmed. You try getting around without limbs you ungreatful slug.


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If this is your biggest problem in life then you are charmed.
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Re: Can obese people get handicapped parking permits? Why?
Lol I'm in Australia, but yes they are pretty limited depending on the site, it comes down to local government requirements, some areas let developers get sways with anything. I use to work at a site like this and we would get non stop complaints about people parking in these zones. After having someone I care about end up in a wheelchair I can appreciate it's frustrating and embarrassing for people in wheelchairs when they need that extra large car park just to get out of the car and into their wheelchair, won't even go into finding the nearest access ramp. Sorry just a pet peeve of mine.
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That's understandable, but here in the US, there are lots of handicap parking spaces in most commercial places. There are also people with no visible handicap, who also need those spaces. I really hate all the judging regarding this topic. (I don't mean you). People need to chill and try to be kind to each other. Seriously.
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Re: Can obese people get handicapped parking permits? Why?
There are very few cases where someone CAN'T exercise. So maybe they have a leg injury...doesn't stop them from lifting things while sitting down. If someone has limited mobility, they can still exercise, and even if it isn't for very long, the proportional calorie burn will be comparable, since it is harder for them to do anything. It still always comes back to freakin laziness. End of story.
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Re: Can obese people get handicapped parking permits? Why?
People who get to the point where they are so fat they can break their bones just from walking need to just stop eating, it is not that hard. I fast for two weeks every year. With the amount of fat obese people have they could probably go a few months without food.

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