December 18, 2014 | Rohan

We all worry about our weight at times, especially around Christmas. But overweight people may have a new issue on their plates. The European Court of Justice has ruled that in certain circumstances obesity can be considered a disability.

The move comes to protect employees suffering from joint problems, depression or diabetes, which can all be caused by excessive weight. With obesity considered a disability, employers could not dismiss people for being too fat - their weight problem would be treated like many other medical conditions.

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Critics of the court's judgment suggest employers will be unfairly required to cater for the needs of obese people.

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