Former Danish childminder Karsten Kaltoft arrives at the workers' union Fag og Arbejde (FOA) in Copenhagen, December 18, 2014. (AFP/SCANPIX DENMARK/Jakob Dall)
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Europe's top court ruled Thursday that obese people can be considered as disabled, but stopped short of saying that obesity was a condition that needed specific protection under European anti-discrimination laws.Karsten Kaltoft, who never weighed less than 160 kilograms during his employment, argued that his obesity was one of the reasons he lost his job and that this amounted to unlawful discrimination – an allegation the council denied.The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that EU employment law did not specifically prohibit discrimination on the grounds of obesity, and said the law should not be extended to make it a protected category.The issue of whether obesity is a disability has also been dealt with in U.S. courts, where almost one in three adults is obese, according to WHO data.
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