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April 22, 2018

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Overweight and Out of Work: Discrimination and Obesity
Last Featured: 12/31/2001

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Should laws protect fat people from discrimination? The City of San Francisco recently passed a law making it illegal to discriminate against the obese. Is being fat a civil right,### a medical disability, or a personal choice? Are sizism and weightism the last acceptable prejudice or an expression of a valid concern for public health?

Lynn McAfee is the medical advocacy director for the Council on Size and Weight Discrimination, a consumer advocacy group that seeks to change society’s attitudes towards the obese. A founding member of the fat underground in the 1970’s, she was an early activist on behalf of large people. Her writings were included in the groundbreaking anthology, Shadow on a Tightrope, writings by women on fat oppression. Lynn McAfee served as both a chapter leader and a national board member of NAAFA, the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance.

Michael J. Ossip is a partner in the labor and employment law practice group of Morgan, Lewis and Bacchius, based in Philadelphia. He represents management in all facets of employee relations including employment discrimination litigation. He is the co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Federal Labor Standards Legislation. He is also a faculty member of Cornell University’s School of Equal Opportunity Studies where he has taught a course since 1987 on defending discrimination claims. Mike Ossip is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania law school.

Closing Quote
"To delight in the human body without shame, to enjoy it without adulteration is no simple human prerogative. It comes only at the summit of a high culture. What did our culture believe then."

— Lewis Mumford in his book, The Conduct of Life

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