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Calling someone 'fatty' could be hate crime

People who call others ‘fatty’ could be committing a hate crime if proposed additions to current relevant legislation are passed.

MPs have suggested that calling someone ‘obese’ or ‘fatty’ - the name of a character in an Enid Blyton story and a tag used by countless schoolchildren, should be placed on a par with racism or homophobia.

A report by the all-party parliamentary group on body image has recommended that the Government consider placing “appearance-based discrimination” on the same legal basis as race and sexual discrimination.

The parliamentary group, supported by the charity

Central YMCA today unveils its new report ‘Relflections on Body Image’ urging a review take place into the scale of the problem of appearance-based discrimination and how best to deal with it.

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