EDINBURGH, December 18 (Sputnik) – The European Court of Justice ruled Thursday that obesity can be categorized as a "disability" under the Employment Equality Directive in a ruling that could have implications across the European Union.
The ruling stated that if physical impairments such as obesity "hinder the full and effective participation of that person in professional life" then such obesity can fall within the "concept of disability".
Potentially, the ruling means that British employers might be required to treat their obese workers as "disabled" and provide them with all necessary facilities, such as special parking lots, as stipulated by the court's directive on employment equality.
Researchers at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation also conducted a worldwide study of 188 countries that highlighted obesity is a growing global problem with obesity levels in men rising from 29 percent in 1980 to 37 percent in 2013. The proportion of obese women rose from 30 percent to 38 percent over the same study period.