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Fatism Is the New Racism

Is Fatism the New Racism? Do We Need a Law Against It?


Federal laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race — but no such protection exists for the larger people. A new study from Yale University shows that weight discrimination is ballooning out of control. The study shows that overweight women are twice as vulnerable as men, and discrimination strikes much earlier in their lives.

The author of the study alleges that our culture has made it clear that judging someone based on race or culture is wrong, but the same societal pressure is missing for the differently sized. She says,

"we live in a culture where we obviously place a premium on fitness, and fitness has come to symbolize very important values in our culture, like hard work and discipline and ambition. Unfortunately, if a person is not thin, or is overweight or obese, then they must lack self-discipline, have poor willpower, etc., and as a result they get blamed and stigmatized."

The main reason for this is the belief that a person has control over their size, which isn't always true given factors like genetics and economics. It's cheap to eat badly. Fatism therefore, can affect employment with no legal recourse. Given this information, should the government step in?

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