[Fox Tampa Bay] Statistics show that overweight women are more likely than their slimmer peers to experience a barrage of challenges: heart disease, diabetes, some types of cancer and arthritis, to name a few. Now, research finds that these women have another hurdle to pass. According to a study published in the International Journal of Obesity, anti-fat prejudice is thriving on the job-search scene, too. The study’s authors assert that obese women are more likely to experience discrimination when applying for work and earn lower salaries than their non-overweight cohorts. Scientists at The University of Manchester and Monash University, Melbourne, were behind the research. The study was conducted by showing participants the resumes and headshots of job seekers and asking the participants to assess each resume and rank them based on employability, starting salary and chances of advancement. “We used pictures of women pre- and post-bariatric surgery, and varied whether participants saw either a resume, amongst many, that had a picture of an obese female (BMI 38-41) attached, or the same female but in a normal weight range (BMI 22-24) following bariatric surgery,” lead author Dr. Kerry O’Brien said. “We found that strong obesity discrimination was displayed across all job selection criteria, such as starting salary, leadership potential, and likelihood of selecting an obese candidate for the job.” This is not the first study to point out bias against overweight women in the workforce. A 2011 study from Iceland found that heavier women are more likely to be unemployed or under-employed than women at a healthier weight.
In case you all couldn’t tell, intoBOLIVIAN is on the precipice of internet domination. I’m gonna need to hire a staff soon. And when it comes time to sift through the influx of resumes and conduct highly professional interviews, any whales applying better be prepared to accept a discounted salary. Be lucky I’m hiring you at all, pig. Listen, bringing you on board and having to look at you every Monday through Friday automatically knocks my days down a peg. But outside of your puke-inducing appearance, there’s other factors that go into this decision. For example – does anyone know a genuinely cheerful fat broad? Me neither. So why would I pay the same to have to put up with your miserable existence when there’s another normal-sized candidate with some semblance of self-respect and happiness? Plus, how’d you get to be so obese? Because you eat all the time, right? Why? Because you’re hungry all the time. I know when I skip breakfast or haven’t had lunch yet, I could be a cranky prick. So simple logic dictates that fatter = hungrier = crankier. Again, shit I don’t want to deal with as your employer. I don’t want to stroll into the office and see you bawling about how lonely you are with snot and tears trickling into your chin-separating crevices. I don’t want you blowing up the office bathroom. And I sure as hell don’t want to inevitably face a lawsuit for berating my employee because she’s broken her 4th chair. So stop complaining. Your fatness is a burden to everyone. If you want to be selfish and continue to be a blimp, that’s OK. I’m not gonna outright dismiss you for a spot on my payroll, but being a potential employee who worsens my every day certainly puts you in the bargain bin. If you don’t like it, there’s the treadmill.