Frequently
Asked Questions

Belief: The weight bias issue is overblown, negative comments are mostly just jokes.- Click Here

Reality:
Weight bias contributes to negative emotional, social, economic, and physical health issues for fat people. It is a pervasive form of discrimination, being faced by people every day of their lives.


Belief: Size discrimination doesn’t require special legislation

Reality:
The two-thirds of Americans who are fat deserve equitable treatment under the law.


Belief: There is scant evidence persons suffering weight discrimination require protected status.

Reality:
Numerous scientific and social studies performed over years have created an extremely compelling case for the addition of weight bias to existing anti-discrimination and equal rights legislation, and the creation of new legislation if required.


Belief: The criticism of size is a motivating factor for overweight persons to change for the better.

Reality:
In 2006 a study of over 2400 fat adults found that close to 3 of every 4 of 2400 respondents coped with weight bias by eating more and refusing to diet.


Belief: The Americans with Disabilities Act covers discrimination based on disability.

Reality:
Most fat people do not like to consider themselves as having a disability, and using the ADA therefore punishes the victim. Using the ADA has rarely been successful when used in the courts, based solely on weight.


Belief: Lose weight if you don’t like discrimination based on your size.

Reality:
Scientific studies show that the majority of people cannot achieve long-term sustainable weight loss. Under no circumstance is discrimination based on size or weight of one's body ever acceptable.


Belief: The focus should be on education in the fight against weight bias.

Reality:
In real world situations, education alone has never been enough to stop discrimination of any kind. It takes advocacy and legislation to create an inclusive environment where all sizes of people are respected and valued.


Belief: Anti-discrimination laws generate lawsuits in the workplace.

Reality:
This has never come to pass, despite predictions by those opposed to various anti-discrimination regulations. Michigan’s weight discrimination laws have been in place for 30 years with few resulting lawsuits.