Paris authorities champion the obese in anti-discrimination event


The Paris City Hall is this week staging an event highlighting discrimination forms including a catwalk show of  rounded models who will parade to raise awareness that overweight people are subject to prejudice that results in intolerable social 'rejection, disdain' and 'hostility'.

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Paris is to host its first "anti-sizeism" day, including an extra-large fashion show, as part of a week against all forms of discrimination, reports The Telegraph.

Friday's event at the city hall dedicated to the fight against "grossophobia" (fatphobia) comes after a woman hit headlines with her book on being fat in France, recounting how she lost her job and ended up homeless over discrimination. She currently lives in a youth hostel.

Paris town hall defines "grossophobia" as "a specific form of rejection, disdain, hostility and discrimination targeting overweight people".

It can come in "many forms," it said, from insults from strangers or the victim's entourage to discrimination from institutions, and can lead to guilt and self-hatred.

Organisers say the event's aim is to place the French capital at the forefront in the fight against discrimination.

"We have not found any public action in France on this issue. The fight against 'grossophobia' is conspicuously absent from the fight against discrimination," Helene Bidard, head of gender equality and discrimination at Paris town hall, told Buzzfeed. 

Activists, bloggers, academics, health practitioners, education professionals, fashion and garment industry representatives will take part in two panel discussions.

Participants will include French writer Gabrielle Deydier, author of book You’re Not Born Fat, which sparked national debate on the issue this autumn in a country where women are reputedly obsessed with staying slim at all costs.

Read more of this report from The Telegraph.


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