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Should laws be enacted to protect obese people from being denied employment or housing based on their weight? According to a study that looked at how these factors affect perceptions of obesity, weight bias, and weight discrimination laws, your gender, race, or your own weight may influence whether you answer yes to this question.

About half of Americans would support laws against weight discrimination, with those who had personally experienced weight bias about twice as likely to support the policy as people who did not. the findings, which were presented on June 7 at the annual meeting of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). in Dallas.

Can I be denied a job or fired due to being overweight?

Weight bias is defined as negative attitudes, beliefs, judgments, stereotypes, and discriminatory actions directed at people simply because of their weight, according to Obesity Action Coalition (OAC)). It can be obvious or subtle and can happen in any setting – at work, in healthcare, at school, and even in personal relationships.

What exactly does weight shifting look like in practice? Let’s take a case Taylor v. Burlington Northern Railroad Holdings, Inc. Casey Taylor was a former Marine who sued after a railroad company made a conditional job offer, but then withdrew it when a physical examination showed his BMI (body mass index) was in the severely obese range. Taylor was 5’6″ tall and weighed 256 pounds, which translates to a BMI of 41.3.

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