What you need to know about the EU obesity ruling

On 18 December 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) confirmed that obesity is neither a protected ground of discrimination under EU law nor a disability by itself, without some accompanying impairment. However, if obesity causes physical, mental or psychological problems that hinder a person’s ability to participate in work, it could give rise to a disability. This caused great consternation but, in fact, little has really changed in the law following this decision.

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