Considered obese, it is excluded from the training new orderlies

Jugée obèse, elle est exclue de la formation des nouveaux préposés aux bénéficiaires

MONTREAL | A young woman of 20 years was denied the attendant training to beneficiaries provided by Quebec, as it is considered obese according to his body mass index (BMI).

Melina Dubois Sorgente, a young mother who wants to offer his help in a CHSLD in the time of a pandemic, weighs 200 pounds and measures 4 feet 11 inches. She has a BMI of 40.4, judged to be too high for the job.

Ms. Dubois Sorgente and three other candidates have been rejected from the training program of the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) du Centre-Sud-de-l’île-de-Montréal by reason of their weight, that the young woman is saddened.

“I was really disappointed, because this was not a question of salary. It’s been a long time that I want to do the training and it is an opportunity for me. It kind of farted my bubble!” said Melina Dubois Sorgente in interview at Salut Bonjour Week-end.

“[…] I find it very discriminatory. The training is three months. I would have been able to lose weight by the month of September […] When you are a care attendant, you are standing, you move and you’re active. I don’t see how I couldn’t do it all day like I do with my child, who has a year and a half.”

The public health estimated that a body mass index equal to or greater than 40 places higher-risk candidate to contract the COVID-19 in the same way as diabetes or other health problems.

The program of training offered to have Ms. Dubois Sorgente to apply again next September.

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