Overweight 'should be protected'
from the BBC http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8314125.stm
Laws in San Francisco aim to prevent fat discrimination
Attacking someone for being fat should be a hate crime, campaigners say.They want so-called "fat-ism" to be made illegal on the same grounds as race, age and religious discrimination.
A demonstration is being held outside the offices of the mayor of London asking him to lead the way in making sure employers are not prejudiced.
Protesters want the UK to follow San Francisco, where a law bans "fat-ism" in housing and employment and stops doctors pressing patients to slim down.
Sondra Solway, a San Francisco lawyer, said: "The San Francisco ordinance says you may want to mention weight to the patient but if the patient says they do not want to talk about that then you are asked to respect those wishes."
In the UK, size is not a protected characteristic under discrimination legislation.
People who are very overweight do experience a lot of prejudice both in their social life and working life and do need some protection."
Dr Ian Campbell, Weight Concern
A Hate Crime?
Watch out the thought police are at the back
door, what's next?
And to think people have freedom of speech.
For how long...................