Having trouble landing a job? Your weight could be to blame.
Medical News Today reports a new study published in the International Journal of Obesity finds women who are obese face prejudice in job interviews and salary.
“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,” lead researcher and psychologist Dr. Kerry O’Brien tells the website.
The researchers also found that when obese study participants rated their own body image with confidence, they were actually more likely to be discriminated against, Medical News Today reports.
“One interpretation of this finding might be that we feel better about our own bodies if we compare ourselves and discriminate against ‘fat’ people, but we need to test this experimentally,” O’Brien tells the site.
Or we could hire based on talent and experience. Just sayin’.
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