Grossophobia is a hot topic in France right now ROBYN BECK,RONALDO SCHEMIDT,PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

The deputy mayor of Paris recently remarked that grossophobia – prejudice towards fat people – is the “last discrimination that is tolerated in our society”.

But what exactly is grossophobia? And does it really deserve to be recognised as a systematic form of prejudice alongside racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia?