New Study Reveals Weight Discrimination in the Workplace

Tsk, tsk, tsk. A new study published by the International Journal of Obesity shows starting salary among other items were negatively impacted when women were viewed as obese.

Only women were included in the study; according to a study published in 2007, they were 16 times more likely than men to report weight discrimination in the workplace!

As pointed out by TIME, researchers gave participants a stack of resumes with photos attached of each applicant. Photos represented before and after pics related to weight loss surgery. When women were considered obese, their starting salary, leadership potential as well as selection of candidate for the job were all negatively impacted.

In addition, researchers revealed that people who were confident with their own body type were more harsh and responded more negatively to overweight candidates.

Lead researcher Kerry O’Brien, told TIME, “The higher participants rated their own physical attractiveness and the importance of physical appearance, the greater the prejudice and discrimination.”