ONE in four people in Portsmouth claim to have faced discrimination because of their weight, according to a new study.
The Co-operative Pharmacy carried out a survey of 3,000 people across the country which revealed Portsmouth to be the second highest place in England for weight discrimination.
Professor David Haslam, a GP and Chair of the National Obesity Forum, said anti-obesity discrimination is ‘deplorable’.
He added: ‘The psychological aspects of obesity are often overlooked and this research confirms and emphasises the true depth of the problem.’
The Co-operative Pharmacy also analysed prescriptions for weight-loss drugs and revealed 76,000 prescriptions were made in the South Central area in the last year.