'Fat' Women Make Less Than Their Skinny Coworkers

weight workplaceWe've all seen those studies that suggest slimmer women have an easier time getting dates. In fact, in September, a couple of pranksters decided to film what it would be like if men and women who had met on the dating app Tinder came face to face for the first time with the hottie they were expecting, only to find a very LARGE hottie instead. As you can imagine, the men were pretty vocal about their disappointment. 

Well, now a new study out of Vanderbilt University shows that the dating arena isn't the only place larger ladies are discriminated against. Researchers found that plus-size women in the workplace don't earn the same pay as their thinner peers. And that's across vocations and with the same levels of education. This news just made me lose my appetite.

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What's also upsetting about this study -- and I'm sure it won't surprise you -- is that the same bias doesn't apply to men

In fact, how many times do you find that in TV and movies, the CEO is often portrayed by a corpulent fellow who almost wears his size as a badge of honor, the spoils from his hard work? You'd never see the same done for women. 

According to the study, authored by Jennifer Shinall, an assistant professor of law at Vanderbilt Law School, for each pound gained, the likelihood of a woman working in a higher-paying career that involves interaction with the public, or other forms of personal communication, drops.

This reminded me of a friend in high school who told me about another young woman we knew who wanted to work as a hostess at a local, upscale restaurant. It would've been a step up from bussing tables, but she was told that, because of her larger appearance, the owners didn't want her to be the first person diners saw when they entered. Can you imagine? That was 25 years ago. It's sad to think that not much has changed.

Shouldn't women -- and men -- be evaluated on their skills and professionalism rather than their size?

Have you ever been the victim of prejudice based on your size? 


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