Fat Shaming: Bias and Hiring in the Yoga and Fitness Industry?

(Author: Kate Sargent) Abstract This study evaluates the presence and effects of weight bias in the yoga and fitness retail industry. Topics addressed are the appropriation of yoga and the thin, white, rich monopoly on yoga, and fat bias in yoga classes. Included is the evaluation of the fitness and yoga retail industry’s mistreatment of the fat/obese/overweight “plus size” client as well as the discrimination of larger size applicants in selling and management roles. The paper also addresses movements in progress to illuminate this discrimination and mistreatment, as well as…

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