Colorado To Ban ‘Fatphobia’ Discrimination In Workplace, Housing As Obesity Rates Rise

REEDLEY, CA - OCTOBER 19:  Seventeen year-old Marissa Hamilton (R) walks with friends during a morning walk at Wellspring Academy October 19, 2009 in Reedley, California. Struggling with her weight, seventeen year-old Marissa Hamilton enrolled at the Wellspring Academy, a special school that helps teens and college level students lose weight along with academic courses. When Marissa first started her semester at Wellspring she weighed in at 340 pounds and has since dropped over 40 pounds of weight in the first two months of the program. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16 percent of children in the US ages 6-19 years are overweight or obese, three times the amount since 1980.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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OAN’s James Meyers
11:43 AM – Monday, December 11, 2023

Colorado lawmakers are considering passing legislation that would ban state employers and landlords from calling another person “fat.”


The lawmakers in one of America’s healthiest states made the announcement on Monday, in order to prevent employers and housing providers from discriminating against people who are overweight or obese. 

The move comes following New York’s decision to enact a similar law last week as obesity rates continue to rise across the state and in the United States in general.

Additionally, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Jersey are looking to pass similar bills, while Michigan has had a fatphobia bill in place since 1976. 

The Centennial State’s government is looking to pass the new law sometime in 2024.

With a 71% rating, West Virginia is currently known as the state with the highest rate of obesity, followed by Louisiana, Mississippi, and Oklahoma.

However, critics of the proposed laws say that the impact it will make has not been fully considered by lawmakers. 

“The extent of the impact and cost of this legislation has not been fully considered,” Kathy Wylde, president and CEO of the Partnership for New York City, said in a statement.

In Texas, a court ruled previously that obesity did not qualify as a “protected characteristic” without a medical clearance.

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