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Explain the extent to which you agree that obesity should be treated as a disability

Introduction:

– Thesis statement: Despite the recent ruling of the European Court of Justice, obesity is a self-imposed condition and, absent medical evidence to the contrary, should not be treated as disability.

Paragraph 1 thesis statement:

– The ECJ has erred in its holding that obesity should be protected.

– EU law does not name obesity as a protected status.

Paragraph 2 thesis statement:

– Classifying obesity as a disability only serves to create confusion in the workplace.

Evidence:

– Who decides?

– Measure BMI?

– Boon for lawyers?

Paragraph 3 thesis statement:

– Obesity is a self-imposed condition Evidence:

– Obesity can easily be controlled by diet and exercise

– There are legitimate medical illnesses, such as hypothyroidism, that cause obesity.

Paragraph 4 thesis statement (Counter-argument)

– Obesity falls within the concept of disability as developed in other EU cases.

Evidence:

– The Court used principles from the HK Danmark case Denmark from and the Z case from Ireland

Conclusion

– Absent a legitimate medical cause, obesity should not be considered a protected disability in the EU.

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