Overweight Women are Discriminated Against at the Workplace
The women who pack a few extra pounds have higher chances of not receiving a salary raise, and have lower chances of receiving a job. It seems that in the case of the men, packing on pounds does not affect them. It is believed that the ones which have a bigger belly are more advantaged than the skinny ones. It seems that this behavior is present in the entire world. The researchers collected data from an experiment conducted in Iceland. The researchers wanted to see if there is a connection between the body weight and the employment rates. The study revealed the fact that there is a negative correlation between weight and the employment rate of women, and a positive correlation in the case of the men. The reason why the researchers chose Iceland is because it has the greatest level of gender equality when it comes to education, political participation, and business opportunities. In 2009, a similar study was conducted in the United States of America. The country took the 31st position in gender equality according to a World Economic Forum study of 134 countries.
The research conducted in the United States of America revealed the same thing: the heavier women have a tougher job at the workplace than the slim ones. The leader of the study, Edward Norton, a professor at the University of Michigan, said that the women are “penalized” for the fact that they are overweight at the workplace. Just like in the research conducted in Iceland, the overweight men were not penalized because of their physical aspect. On the contrary, the overweight men were paid more than the slimmer ones. Norton said that this is the Western mentality: the overweight women are penalized for the fact that they are overweight. Researchers from the University of Florida conducted a similar experiment, and reached to the conclusion that the women who were heavier with 25 pounds above average, were paid with $13,847 less a year than the women who have the average weight.
Adam Gilbert, the founder of My Body Tutor, an online personal-training service, said that it is very important for the people to stay slim during the time they look for a job. He said that the better one feels and looks; the higher are the chances for that person to find a lucrative job. Gilbert said that it is very important to stay fit, not just from an economical point of view. We should stay fit because being fit we are healthier. He said that people should not follow all of these fad diets because they do more bad than good. People should have a balance diet and they should exercise. This is the only way in which people can lose weight and stay fit. However, these should be a daily habit. People should not try to do everything at once, because they will fail if they will do so. People should focus on the things which they can have, such as yogurt and fruits, and not focus on the ones which they can not have such as ice-cream.11