EU rules that obesity can be considered a disability in certain circumstances.

The European Court of Justice recently rules that obesity can be considered as a disability if obesity could hinder full and complete participation at work.

The case was brought by a man in Denmark who was sacked from his job as a child-minder.

The ECJ ruled that if the obesity of the worker "hinders the full and effective participation of that person in professional life on an equal basis with other workers", then obesity can fall within the concept of "disability".

Rulings from the European Court of Justice are binding for all EU member nations.

It is felt that this ruling may have implications for employers and providers of leisure facilities.

The ruling was widely reported in the media and press. Read more in the BBC news.

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