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Overweight? They could be paid less

A recent study by LinkedIn researchers suggests that overweight workers are paying less than their leaner counterparts.


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The results are part of a survey of 4,000 workers in the United Kingdom.


Respondents rated as obese reported an average of £ 1,940 ($ 2,512) per annum to earn on average, compared to those with healthy BMIs, according to the study. Twenty-five percent of overweight individuals – and one-third overweight – said their size discouraged them from promotion. More than half (53 percent) of overweight workers said they felt excluded from their work teams because of their weight.

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The differences were even greater, considering age and gender. According to the survey, obese or overweight women are more likely to receive a lower salary than men of the same weight. The gender gap was £ 8,919 ($ 11,547) according to the study.

Younger workers between the ages of 16 and 24 feel most comfortable with their weight in the workplace.


Oversized bloggers such as Stephanie Yeboah and Lottie L & # 39; Amour are working to change the conversation and raise awareness of obesity and overweight people's prejudices in the workplace.


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"The LinkedIn community has a number of groups and discussions on the subject, and we're pleased that Stephanie and Lottie opened the conversation," said Ngaire Moyes, LinkedIn spokesperson, to insiders. "We hope that more members will be encouraged to participate in the discussion on how this affects them and how biasedness can be addressed."


This is not the first study to show wage differences based on the weight of a worker.


"Previous studies have generally found that obese workers have lower wages and that wage cuts can not be explained by differences in productivity among workers," said the National Bureau of Economic Research. "The underlying conclusion is that obese workers, especially women, are exposed to significant discrimination in the labor market."

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A survey of 500 people employed last year even found that being overweight can affect career opportunities. When the professionals were shown the image of an overweight woman and asked if they were considering employment, only 15.6 percent said they would. About 20 percent even described the woman as lazy or unprofessional.

"The physical appearance standards are more stringent for women than for men," said Kelly Brownell, dean of Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy, to Moneyish. "Women tend to be judged by their physical appearance."


Researchers noted in 2010 that "very heavy" women earn $ 19,000 less than their "average weight" counterparts. Those who were "very thin" earned an average of $ 22,000 more. The study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology also found that a weight gain of 25 pounds was associated with an annual salary decrease of $ 14,000 a year.

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It is estimated that more than 2.2 billion people worldwide – about one third of the world's population – are overweight. And 10 percent of the world's population is considered obese.


Being overweight is a body mass index between 25 and 29.9. Overweight people have a BMI over 30.

Learn more about the LinkedIn study at thisisINsider.com,

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