Obese Americans make less than their thinner co-workers, but the gap is much greater for fat women than fat men, according to a recently released study.
In 2004, obese women made $8,666 less than their more svelte colleagues, according to the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. Obese dudes made $4,772 less than males of normal weight, U.S. News & World Report notes.
The study’s authors say that the earnings gap might stem from weight-related social stigmas.
The numbers don’t improve over time: In 2008, bigger women earned $5,826 less than normal-weight females — about 15 percent, the magazine reports.
If you weren’t already pissed off about how shallow Americans generally are about weight — and how research now suggests that it might affect people’s livelihoods — then you will certainly be angry to hear that the numbers might also be affected by race.
In 2004, obese Hispanic females got $6,618 less than normal-weight Hispanic women.
That stat improved slightly in 2008, the magazine notes, but worsened for obese Hispanic men — they got $8,394 less than their thinner counterparts.
Obese black men, however, earned more than normal-weight black men. Black women took in the same amount of money, regardless of weight.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 20, 2011