When a person’s physical condition prevents him or her from working and holding gainful employment, that person could qualify for disability benefits. As Michigan readers know, this is often the case for people with certain types of medical conditions and mental disorders. You may not know that it could also apply to people with obesity and weight-related health problems.

Obesity is a type of medical condition that leads to various health complications, including heart problems. This makes it difficult for people to do certain types of work or continue with regular employment. If you are obese and are unable to work because of related medical conditions, it may be in your interests to learn more about how you can pursue disability benefits from the Social Security Administration.

Weight and a person’s overall health 

For many, obesity is the result of health problems and factors beyond their control, and unfortunately, weight can be a factor in the development of other serious medical complications. In many cases, obesity qualifies as a disability because a person is suffering from issues that include: 

  • Medical issues that lead to significant weight gain
  • Immobility due to injuries, illnesses or other problems that make it difficult to move
  • Side effects from certain types of medications 

Obesity is much more than just an inconvenience. You may be experience very real and significant issues that can affect your ability to work, including:

  • Heart diseases and conditions
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Diabetes
  • Severe back and joint pain or injuries

If you believe that you could qualify for disability benefits, it may be beneficial to first start with an assessment of your situation. This can help you understand your options regarding a potential benefits claim. Starting with getting the medical care you need, there are steps you can take to secure the right documentation and move forward with the appropriate course of action.

Starting the claims process

Many potential applicants find it beneficial to seek guidance before they initiate the disability claims process. A complete evaluation of your case can help you understand what options are available to you and what you need to get the financial help you deserve. 

Obese individuals who may qualify for disability benefits do not have to walk through the process alone. Having the support and guidance of an experienced attorney can help you avoid complications and setbacks, and an attorney can gather necessary documentation and prepare your claim.