Shepherd and Wedderburn

UK 200 2013 position: 71

Is obesity a disability?

By Neil Maclean

This question was recently considered by the advocate-general of the Court of Justice of the European Union. His view is that it could be. In his opinion, the advocate-general confirmed — as we would have expected — that obesity is not a standalone protected characteristic. However, in certain circumstances, it may amount to a disability — which, of course, is protected…

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