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Our Perspective

  • Is Obesity a Disability? - A U.S. look at a recent European case

    By Patricia Bailer |March 17, 2015|English

    Last year, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled in a case brought by a man who claimed he was fired because he was obese. Did the ECJ ruling take obesity to another level by classifying it as a disability and not just a co-morbid or contributing...

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  • Cigarettes - What’s Your Poison?

    By Ross Campbell |March 08, 2015|English | Italiano

    If we ate rather than smoked cigarettes, we would expect the packets to list their ingredients to help us make informed healthy choices - perhaps resulting in our avoiding them altogether. But tobacco manufacturers are not obliged to do this. If the...

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  • Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines! - NASCAR History and Risks

    By Cecil Ramotar |February 19, 2015|English

    The 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship kicks off this weekend with the Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, Florida. The numbers include: 43 cars, 31,175 collective horsepower, speeds of 200 mph, 500 miles of racing and 250,000 cheering fans. The history...

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  • Is Sugar the New Tobacco?

    By Ross Campbell |February 12, 2015|English

    In our Outlook on Obesity blog series, we’re looking at some of the key issues, trends and interventions related to obesity, alongside the risks this growing problem presents for insurers. Worldwide, obesity has almost doubled since 1980, according...

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  • Demystifying Dementia

    By Ross Campbell |January 26, 2015|English

    It is estimated that 35 million people worldwide had dementia in 2010, but by 2050 that number will exceed 115 million. Today, most people have relatives or know someone who is suffering from dementia. But what is dementia, exactly? The word “dementia”...

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  • Obesity - A Global Issue for Insurers

    By Ross Campbell |January 15, 2015|English

    Over two billion people, or nearly 30% of the world’s population, are overweight or obese. It would be convenient to see this grim statistic as the inevitable by-product of the improved quality of life and economic success being enjoyed by more...

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