OAN's James Myers
11:43am – Monday, December 11, 2023
Colorado lawmakers are considering passing a bill that would ban employers and landlords in the state from calling others “fat.”
Lawmakers in one of the healthiest states in America made the announcement Monday to prevent employers and housing providers from discriminating against people who are overweight or obese.
The move follows New York state's decision last week to enact a similar law as obesity rates continue to rise in the state and across the country.
Additionally, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Jersey are seeking to pass similar laws, and Michigan has had a fatphobia law since 1976.
The Centenary State Government aims to pass the new law in 2024.
West Virginia currently has the highest obesity rate at 71%, followed by Louisiana, Mississippi, and Oklahoma.
But critics of the bill say lawmakers haven't sufficiently considered its impact.
“The scope of the impact and cost of this bill has not been adequately considered,” Kathy Wilde, president and CEO of the Partnership for New York City, said in a statement.
In Texas, a court previously ruled that obesity cannot be recognized as a “protected characteristic” without a doctor's approval.
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