Obesity is one of the most complex and challenging, as well as controversial, public health issues in modern Western economies, with many people openly holding strong negative opinions about it. These opinions are often based on stereotypical beliefs which lead to people being stigmatised because of their weight. It is fuelled by the fashion industry’s view of what “good” looks like.
This research is a study identifying people’s attitudes, perceptions and experiences of weight discrimination at work. Additionally, it gauges the action taken by organisations and the perceived impact this has by employees and concludes by presenting implications and recommendations for organisations. This report presents our findings from respondents living and working in the UK in 2023.