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Is Obesity a Disability? If it is, then there is a duty to make reasonable adjustments. The Advocate General has issued an opinion on this matter.

The conclusions are that obesity is not in and of itself a disability. However, if the obesity handicaps matters such as mobility, then it may be considered a disability if it has an impact on their work. [see Kaltoft v Kommunernes Landsforening acting on behalf of the Municipality of Billund].

The conclusion is not a massive surprise given that UK tribunal decisions have pretty much said the same thing. (See also Is body fascism the last acceptable form of discrimination?)

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