Tuesday, 25 October 2005

Overweight people "discriminated against in job market"

A survey of human resource managers in Britain has denoted that overweight people find it harder to gain jobs than slimmer people.

The survey demonstrated that employers believe overweight people lack self-discipline. Others believed obesity undermined productivity.

To be frank, I see nothing wrong in this. Employers should be able to hire, fire, buy from and sell to anyone they choose and be free to discriminate against anyone they choose on any basis. It's simply freedom of association being exercised.

I feel this report is viewed as "shocking" by some people. Well (aside from any libertarian perspective) it's no surprise to me, considering the stigma associated with being overweight in contemporary society.