Fat prejudice cuts across all races, socio-economic levels, and genders (although women face far more fat discrimination in general). Overweight people are often subject to public ridicule, but there are more insidious, subtle, and illegal forms as well, especially when it occurs in the workplace.
“Body mass significantly decreases women’s family income,” a
study by two researchers at New York University found. “However…men
experience no negative effects of body mass on economic outcomes.”
The Last “Accepted” Prejudice?
If you think that, in today’s PC environment, state legislatures would have adequately addressed weight discrimination in the workplace by now, think again.
The BigFatBlog claims to have a ‘complete’ list of states/cities where this type of discrimination is illegal and, if accurate, is discouragingly short: Michigan, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Washington.
The Council on Size and Weight Discrimination’s goal “is to end weight
discrimination in health care, media, education, employment, social
interactions, and many other areas of life.” Their website offers an excellent list of resources for victims of discrimination, or people looking to support their mission.
Be Inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr. to End All Forms of Prejudice
We’ve used a fitting quote for MLK day is our Beauty Tip for the week:
Keep the dream alive for all people! Become empowered. If you feel you are the victim of weight discrimination, know your rights. If you want to help end this pervasive prejudice in today’s society, try changing your own attitudes and speaking up when you see examples of discrimination around you.
For more information, take a look at other weight neutral / fat acceptance websites and blogs such as the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance or Health At Every Size.