Current Obesity Reports

, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp 504–509 | Cite as

Disability Discrimination and Obesity: The Big Questions?

  • Stuart W. FlintEmail author
  • Jeremé Snook
Economy and Environment (I Janssen, Section Editor)
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  1. Topical Collection on Economy and Environment


Obesity discrimination in employment and recruitment has become a topic of focus for research examination with increasing reports of discrimination by colleagues and managers. Whilst a limited number of legal cases have emerged, disability law is consulted in line with the expectation of anti-discriminatory practices at work. In line with disability law, whether obesity is defined as a disability or not has an impact on the outcome of a court ruling. Ambiguity when defining obesity through either the medical or social model means there are many questions that remain unanswered which might lead to inconsistency in court rulings.


Obesity Discrimination Weight bias Stigma Workplace Employment law 



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Stuart W. Flint and Jeremé Snook declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Academy of Sport and Physical Activity, Collegiate CrescentSheffield Hallam UniversitySheffieldUK
  2. 2.Centre of Sport and Exercise Science, Collegiate CrescentSheffield Hallam UniversitySheffieldUK
  3. 3.The Department of Law, Collegiate CrescentSheffield Hallam UniversitySheffieldUK

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