The European Court of Justice has ruled that some circumstances of obesity can now count as a disability.
Judges claim that while obesity itself is not a disability, they recognise that in some circumstances it can be so severe that it causes long-term impairment.
Therefore, individuals who struggle with “full and effective participation” in their professional life due to being overweight can now be protected by disability legislation.
This ruling – which is binding across the whole of the EU – follows the court case of a male childminder in Denmark who claims he was sacked for being too fat.
Weighing around 25 stone, Karsten Kaltoft brought a discrimination case against Billund local authority, his employer of 15 years, after he was sacked four years ago.
Although the authority claim he was let go due to a fall in the number of children, Kaltoft claims it was because of his size.
Speaking to the BBC he stressed that...