Obesity and discrimination: The next 'big issue'?

FLINT, Stuart and SNOOK, Jereme (2014). Obesity and discrimination: The next 'big issue'? International Journal of Discrimination and the Law, 14 (3), 183-193.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1358229114534550
Link to published version:: 10.1177/1358229114534550

Abstract

A concomitant increase has been observed between the prevalence of obesity and the stigmatization and discrimination of the condition. Despite reports of such negative experiences, there appears to be little deterrence for individuals to behave in a non-discriminatory fashion towards the overweight and obese. This article focuses on an emergent academic, legal and medical debate concerning obesity and human well-being and its possible impacts in the workplace and on disability discrimination laws. The disability laws in the United Kingdom require employers and employees not to discriminate or harass their colleagues, yet the model of discrimination seen in the United Kingdom emerges from a historical basis where sex and race were accommodated by the Sex Discrimination Act (1975) and the Race Relations Act (1976) respectively, and laws prohibiting disability were introduced later by the Disability Discrimination Act (1995). These laws in conjunction required UK citizens in the workplace and beyond not to subject their fellow citizens, potential workmates and current employees to less favourable treatment and to provide reasonable adjustments in the workplace where discrimination was a possible outcome of behaviours or policy arrangements.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Sport and Exercise Science
Identification Number: 10.1177/1358229114534550
Depositing User: Amanda Keeling
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2014 12:49
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2014 12:49
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8414

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