Yahoo Finance on Weight in Women and the Work Place

Thursday, February 24, 2011

"If you're a skinny woman:
New York University sociologist Dalton Conley conducted a study and discovered that a woman's weight negatively impacts her household income and "job prestige." In fact, a 1% increase in body mass results in a 0.6 percentage point decrease in family income.

Another study by Jay Zagorsky titled "Health and Wealth" found that Caucasian women get the most financial slack for higher weight, seeing their wealth drop 12%. In comparison, African-American women who are overweight only see a 7% drop. Men weren't affected."

How sad is that? After my last interview I decided that I may not get the job because of how I look- the other women in the office (that I did see) were both really thin and gorgeous. It seemed to be the type of business where only the pretty would make it, I may have been correct! I do find the result between Caucasian and African-American women a bit interesting.
Though- I think the male v female result has been know for quite some time.

Is this another reason to lose weight?
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    I've always known this to be true. I grew up with my mom constantly telling me that "you must be thin and beautiful in order to be successful." She was only stating the fact but in my young mind, I interpreted that to mean that if I wasn't successful I must be fat and ugly which then created a huge amount of issues I had to work through. Even though that is the way society works, I wish they would do more newsworthy pieces on the importance of self acceptance and that beautiful is all perspective. If someone feels beautiful, they tend to act that way and get a better response than someone who thinks they are ugly.
    3496 days ago
    I don't think my weight made a difference in my earning power. I know my drive and enthusiasm did! However, I received some very good advice about deportment and dress that worked for me!

    I was first hired in my profession at my highest weight, 280+lbs!
    3497 days ago
    It shouldn't have to be another reason to lose weight...

    You have a beautiful smile and personality and I'm sure it shined right on strong today!
    3497 days ago
    I guess I should be lucky that the wife-owner that interviewed me is a little bigger than me and doesn't wear makeup;-) she Sid have a great smile though!
    He was a little...scary is not the right word....intense I guess.
    Hopefully today they noticed my smile and and the suit with a little dog hair on it:-)
    3497 days ago
    Oh boy... that's rough news for me. I'm short (5'2 - not even average) and overweight. I haven't been wearing much makeup and I've been dressing more casually lately (because nothing fits). I need to smile more (since I'm stressed all the time) and improve my posture. I really don't know where I fall on the attractive/symmetry scales.

    Guess I better stick it out here, where I am now. emoticon
    3497 days ago
  • LLTS01
    Now I am really depressed.
    3497 days ago
    That is interesting. I have not really thought of that. I also think that your personality should shine through. I would think that that would also have an impact.

    I also think that a person should lose weight for themselves and if you have a greater opportunity? If you think that is another reason? Then make that another goal for yourself and see.

    In any case, I do hope that you get the job. You never know until that phone rings.

    Take care.
    3497 days ago
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