Obese Women Discriminated Against

Researchers at the University of Manchester and Monash University in Melbourne found that obese women face employment and salary discrimination when compared to slimmer colleagues. The study used resumes and headshots of participants and asked fake employers to rate them on employability, beginning salary, and likelihood of advancement. They found that the mock employers were biased across all job selection criteria—specifically against women of a heavier persuasion. 

To add fuel to the fire, the U.S. Office of Minority Health claims that four in five Black women are obese. Now, the way obesity is measured leaves much to be desired — according to her BMI, Serena Williams would be labeled obese — but Black women still suffer, in disproportionately high numbers, from diabetes, heart disease, and cardiovascular conditions, and perhaps weight-based workplace discrimination can be added to that list as well. 

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