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Fighting for a (wide enough) seat at the table: weight stigma in law and policy

Meadows, Angela and Daníelsdóttir, Sigrún and Goldberg, Daniel and Mercedes, Marquisele (2021) 'Fighting for a (wide enough) seat at the table: weight stigma in law and policy.' Fat Studies, 10 (2). pp. 101-124. ISSN 2160-4851

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Abstract

Few jurisdictions provide legal protection against discrimination on the basis of weight despite evidence of pervasive inequalities faced by fat individuals in employment, healthcare, education, and other domains. Yet, in the last two decades, advocacy efforts in several countries aimed to remedy this situation have been largely unsuccessful. We present a cross-national conceptual analysis of three significant anti-discrimination developments regarding weight in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Iceland, respectively, to highlight how the creation, implementation, and enforcement of legal and policy mechanisms that prohibit weight discrimination ironically suffer under the very burden of deeply rooted structural stigmas against fatness and fat bodies that such efforts seek to counter. However, drawing on research around policy change in response to other social movements, we conclude that we may be at a time where broad-ranging policy change could become a reality.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Weight stigma; legislation; civil rights; policy change; discrimination
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2021 11:44
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 14:33
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/31681

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