Discrimination in the Workplace: Women & Obesity

Fantastic look into workplace discrimination.

The Econ Diaries


An article in the Journal of Human Resources titledThe Economic Reality of the Beauty Myth” found that family income of obese women is about 17 percent lower than that of women who have a more regular weight. Economists Susan Averett and Sanders Korenman also found that that differential was significantly less for men than it was for women. What does this say about women in the workplace? What does this say about that role beauty plays in employment?

 It is already known that women are discriminated in the work atmosphere. They make 85 cents for every dollar made by men. But when women are obese, they make even less. Why? Can an employer assume that a thinner employee will have better performance and be more productive? The fact is that in today’s workplace, jobs are actually more sedentary and actually may contribute to the obesity factor…

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