Varying degrees of discrimination exist around the world. Whether on a personal or professional level, it can be surprising to realize how strongly established some prejudices are, and how they can affect people in a real world environment. While there are many different laws and established practices designed to help keep such discrimination in check, there are certain cases that go unnoticed. Weight discrimination is one of the biggest problems in the workplace. Because the current federal discrimination laws do not protect obesity, many obese people claim that they suffer discrimination on a regular basis. Obesity is defined according to the BMI scale. According to this scale, a number between 25 and 29 signifies being overweight, a BMI over 30 signifies being obese, and a BMI over 40 signifies extreme obesity.
The following infographic, created by Eastern Kentucky University’s online Masters in Safety, Security and Emergency Management, takes a closer look at the issues and prejudices overweight individuals face in the workplace.