Battling the bulge bias: Summit

Policies needed to combat ‘socially sanctioned’ prejudice
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/11/2011

It’s time for employers to implement policies to deal with weight discrimination, according to the keynote speaker at the recent National Summit on Weight Bias and Discrimination in Toronto.

“Weight discrimination is one of the most common forms of workforce discrimination that is reported,” said Rebecca Puhl, a director of research and weight stigma initiatives at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University in New Haven, Conn.

“In the past decade, reports of institutional weight discrimination... have increased by about 66 per cent (in the United States). What we know from several decades of research is overweight and obese employees face unfair treatment and inequities at virtually every stage of the employment process.”