A lot of people get angry when we compare fat discrimination to racism but a study found it to be much worse. Although racism still exists, it is considered socially unacceptable, where as fat discrimination is considered a joke, or not to be taken seriously (i.e. it wouldn't happen if fat people went on starvation diets and lost weight).
For women it is even worse. The same study from the Rudd Center (not exactly a fat friendly place) states that women suffer from bias with even with a small amount of gain, meanwhile men have to get much fatter before dealing with the same bias. Discrimination starts at about a 27 BMI which three studies have shown to have a longer life expectance than “normal” weight. For men it starts at about BMI 35.
We see it in fashion: Fat chance for 'fatties', Despite the "anorexia look" backlash, models are still super thin. They do not come in all shapes and sizes.
Even our mind can betray us: Feeling fat may be worse for you than being fat. This is a great call for HAES, that a person's weight must be taken out of what is considered Healthy.
What is fueling the bias? Do you think it's concern for our welfare or the almighty dollar? Inside Drugmakers' War on Fat
Just a quick note. I 100% believe racism/sexism/classism etc is alive and well and should NEVER be ignored. It still continues (Katrina and New Orleans is a great example). However in theory it is not legal or okay to discriminated against someone due to race/class/gender/religion etc. While it is perfectly okay and even acceptable to discriminated against some due to their weight.