Reported discrimination based on weight has increased 66% in the past decade, up from about 7% to 12% of U.S. adults, says one study, in the journal Obesity. The other study, in the International Journal of Obesity, says such discrimination is common in both institutional and interpersonal situations — and in some cases is even more prevalent than rates of discrimination based on gender and race. (About 17% of men and 9% of women reported race discrimination.)
Among severely obese people, about 28% of men and 45% of women said they have experienced discrimination because of their weight.
Institutional discrimination involved health care, education or workplace situations, such as cases in which people said they were fired, denied a job or a promotion because of their weight. Interpersonal discrimination focused on insults, abuse and harassment from others.
(Whatever you do, if you click that link, DO NOT READ THE COMMENTS. Just don’t. That’s all I’m sayin’.)
The last two paragraphs are pretty positive, I must admit. But… this is news? This isn’t something that we see every single day? People actually don’t know that fat people are discriminated against?
*headdesk X 1000000*
H/T Paul at BFB