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Calling someone ‘fatty’ would deem to become a hate crime if the recommendations of all party parliamentary group on body images are accepted

Date: (30 May 2012)    |    

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MPs have warned that hitherto playground taunts, calling someone fatty would be deemed a hate crime.
A report by the all party parliamentary group on body image suggested that the government should consider ‘appearance based discrimination’ to be considered on par with race and sexual discrimination.
The Equalities Act 2010 makes it unlawful to harass, victimize or discriminate against anyone because of their race, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability.
The report, Reflections on Body Image, published today, recommended for a review into the scale of the problem of appearance-based discrimination.
It says that the prospective amendments to the Equalities Act must be explored to tackle the most appropriate way of tackling such discrimination.
The report also calls for the NHS’s controversial weigh-in for children to be scrapped because it wrongly labels many youngsters as obese which could lead to bullying.
Under the National Child Measurement Programme, a pupil’s body mass index is taken when they are five and ten.
However, the report claims that BMI, which measures a person’s weight in relation to their height, is often inaccurate because it does not take muscle into account.
It also risks giving children complexes about their weight which, at worse, could lead to eating disorders.
The MPs recommend that instead a children’s waist size or level of body fat be measured.
Rosi Prescott, of the charity YMCA, who co-authored the report, said that the fact that children in the society were worrying about their appearances showed that there was something wrong. The scheme should be scrapped she added.