Thinner women earn bigger paycheques: Study
A new study suggests that employers seem to treat women exactly the way the fashion industry does – by rewarding very thin women with higher pay, while penalizing their average-size counterparts with a much smaller payday.
Skinnier-than-average men, on the other hand, cash smaller paycheques than their average-weight peers, according to the study, published in the Journal of Applied Psychology.
Thin women earned about $16,000 U.S. more a year on average. In contrast, thin men earned about $8,000 less than their more brawny male coworkers, a trend that tapers off only when the big guys’ weight hits the obese level, it seems.
Their report cites studies in which obese individuals were identified as "undisciplined, dishonest and less likely to do productive work."
Conversely, the researchers point out that employers and fellow employees associate values of self-discipline, thrift, hard work and positivity with thin individuals.
This isn't news, of course. Research conducted at the University of Alberta confirms that fat people are often labeled lazy simply because of their size.
Author Tanya Berry points out that stereotyping can influence the way people behave and that more awareness of these stereotypes is needed to slow down their negative effects.
What’s your experience? Man or woman, does size matter when it comes to your income level? Does the study reflect your real world experience?
By Gordon Powers, MSN Money