Fat Robs you of Career Opportunities!
Friday, November 06, 2009
This is an excerpt from the book, DOES THIS CLUTTER MAKE MY BUTT LOOK FAT! by Peter Walsh. It is not necessarily my opinion.
If you're overweight, don't be surprised if you have trouble landing the job you want. When it comes to being hired and promoted, trim, fit-looking people definitely have the edge over their fat colleagues. Recent research show that only 9 percent of top male executives are overweight and, amazingly, that overweight people can expect to earn 10 to 10 percent less that their thinner coworkers. Weight discrimination in the workplace is harder to prove and usually couched in subtle but unmistakable terms. Women are particularly hard hit in this area, with one study quoting 60 percent of employers saying that they would either not hire, or only hire under specific circumstances, women who were obese. The stereotype of the fat person is someone who is lethargic, lazy, and has little self-control. This is a huge hurdle for any candidate with weight issues to overcome (page 37 of DOES THIS CLUTTER MAKE MY BUTT LOOK FAT? by Peter Walsh).
This is my opinion...A few years ago there was an obese singer who had a gorgeous voice, but they put up a slim person with no talent used her lip-sync the song. The slim lady got promoted and the obese singer had to sue to get her money for using her voice. It makes me think about some of the American Idol contestants that were overweight. Simon Cowle would just flatly tell them they didn't look the part,regardless of how talented they were.
I do think that their is a subtle prejudice against overweight people. Your sex, race, or age your cannot change......but we can change our weight! So let do it Sparkers!