A weighty issue

Discrimination on the basis of physical size may become the next big human rights issue

The term “fat-shaming” is commonly used to describe an act of ridicule or humiliation based on a person’s physical size. The scathing critiques Lady Gaga received after this year’s Super Bowl performance provide one of the most recent high-profile examples. The numerous and varied public responses elicited by these critiques also illustrate it is an issue that triggers lively and heated debate.

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