Study: Obese Women Are Victims of Employment, Salary Discrimination

Ruth Manuel-Logan, NewsOne, May 2, 2012

{snip} Now, according to a recent study published in the International Journal of Obesity, obese women are also faced with both employment and salary discrimination, when compared with their slimmer colleagues.

Scientists at the University of Manchester and Monash University, Melbourne studied a group of subjects acting as hiring employers.  These individuals scrutinized various resumes and head shots of job seekers.  The potential ‘employers’ were then asked to rate the candidates based on their employability, beginning salary, and likelihood of advancement.

According to the researchers, pictures of females before and after weight loss surgery were shown. The lead investigator says that his study found bias in many areas when it comes to the obese employee in the workplace.  {snip}

Sadly, African Americans are not only having a tough time finding jobs, but the problem of obesity is particularly acute among Black women.

Four in five African-American women are overweight, according to the U.S. Office of Minority Health, and carrying those excess pounds can increase the risk for several potentially life-threatening cardiovascular conditions, including heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and stroke.  About 50 percent of African-American women in the United States are obese, compared to 30 percent of White women.

Dr. O’Brien warns, “Our findings show that there is a clear need to address obesity discrimination, particularly against females who tend to bear the brunt of anti-fat prejudice, prejudice reduction interventions and policies need to be developed.”


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  • If overweight black women have this problem, they certainly don’t have it in the civilian bureaucracy of the Federal government, and the same of many state and local governments.

  • Hunter Morrow

    Blacks and hispanics are substantially fatter than Whites. So this is just more race card yelping.

  • If your job involves walking anywhere or moving anything being obese will prevent you from doing well. I have seen women that need a break just from walking from one end of a building to the other. I have often seen 3 women doing a job that a solitary man is expected to do.

    • Natassia

      The obese women and the chain smokers…they are the WORST employees.

  • Church_of_Jed

    Voting Rights Act of 2013:  No ballot shall be considered legal that does not have at least one candidate who reflects national Diversity and is black, female, diabetic, unmarried, more than three children with unknown and unaccounted for fathers, and is “thick”.

  • IstvanIN

    I work with a number of thick black woman whose feet pour over the sides of their shoes.  So much in fact I can not figure how they get them on.

  • Celestial_Time

    What I find most shocking is that there is only a 20 percent difference between the black women and White women. 30 percent might not be as bad as 50, but that’s still an embarrassment.

    The actual numbers I’ve seen do indicate that White people are less obese than their black and brown counterparts, but close to one in three White Americans are obese. Not overweight, Obese!

    I think I would immediately begin a painful exercise routine and some kind of
    electroshock therapy if I knowingly contributed to that 33 percent.

    Apathy and Gluttony: I do think this was a one two punch that helped destroy another great society.

    “The world’s great civilizations have progressed through this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependence; from dependence back again into bondage.”

    Yeah, I’m not ashamed to admit that I am a race-ist and an anti-fatty.

    • StivD

      I’ll also be bold and admit that I hate pompous assholes.

  • Obesity now has its own journal? Where have I been…..

  • Natassia

    Oh God. “Obesity discrimination”?

    How about people stop forcing their health and behavior problems onto everyone else?!

  • ed91

    being obese is a choice……..

    and a reflection of your character………..

  • ageofknowledge

    The U.S. domestic labor market is in shambles.

  • translated:
     NO ONE wants  to hire, OR work with, some land-mass in a Muu-muu.

  • KenelmDigby

    In Japan, I believe, women are hired for clerical employment largely on the basis of their physical attractiveness. Until recently this was also the case in the west with such front line duties as receptionists, PAs etc.
    The idea was that attractive women at front of house gave a ‘good’ image to the company, instilling corporate pride and impressing clients and visitors, to this day airlines still do the same.
     But, alas, the PC mongers would force the ugliest, fattest most unattractive on companies as their ‘front of house’ – this is real meaning of PC – it promotes the perverse and the unnatural.Ultimately it will destroy society. 

    • StivD

      I can understand some of the thinking behind that. But I think it’s far more important to hire people who can actually do their job well, lol. If anyone should be in favor of meritocracy it should be people here.

      To me, that’s just one reason why Japan/Oriental culture isn’t an ideal culture to emulate or admire, fully.

  • I thought those percentages were higher. Obesity….obese people I know are super-fat due -mostly- to neuroticism. Of course, it’s a combination of genes, junk food etc., but very, very significant factor are nerves.
    Just like smoking addiction.

  • Yeah, Africa. They are super-obese, if they can. Traditionally, the chief of a tribe has been the fattest man available.

    • ed91

      In Cortez’s trip from the coast of Mexico to what is now Mexico city, there was an Indian chief so fat he could not stand up and that was thought of as something to be proud of.    The fat Indian Chief of “Cempoala”, so mexicans are not a stranger to obesity, nor are the Native Americans or Elizabeth Warren.

      • Hmm… I won’t comment on Warren -it’s ironic enough- but Plains Indians had not, historically, been an epitome of obesity. Now, many-not most, I think- Lakotas and others are looking like inflated balloons.

        Custer would have survived the Little Big Horn with these guys. Wouldn’t have mattered he’d been too lazy to bring Gatling guns with him. Fat, puffing Sioux would have fallen from heart attacks & sheer exhaustion during the battle.

  • Just to add- I’m not ridiculing obese people, I’m somehow sorry for them. A few I know have tried everything- various diets, stomach balloons, psychotherapy,…. with almost zero results.
    Simply- they eat too much because they can’t handle the stress & tension of everyday life.

    • ed91

       once you allow yourself to become that obese, there is no going back except by a miracle………  and miracles are in short supply these days.

  • Sorry, it is a good, analytical post, but I couldn’t constrain myself from LOLing while reading it, from the beginning to the end……bwahahhahh… thanks for making my day.

  • Up to my neck in CA

    They move so damn slow at the DMV, I think grass grows faster.

  • Up to my neck in CA

    You don’t have to be a genius to understand the effects of poor diet and no exercise, but apperently in this New World Order nothing is ever anybodys fault..WE ARE ALL VICTIMS!

  • StivD

    You can leave me out of this particular criticism of people. 

    I have been chubby to truly overweight(for awhile) to lean and almost thin and back again. Exercise and activity is often a simplistic answer that is repeated mindlessly by people who don’t have a clue. In some people weight fluctuates for sometimes what seems no obvious reason at all. I eat only about two well-rounded meals a day and can’t shake the tendency to be overweight. Not morbidly obese, just overweight. 

    Genes that tend to cause certain bad behaviors can often be consciously controlled better than a metabolism, etc, that is stuck in it’s rut and resisting any change that you want to make in it. I’ve seen some people who eat and do all the right things that are awfully puny & scrawny, rather sickly in appearance.  I would prefer not to be that, frankly.

    This is one trait most of you share with lefty snobs that want to take children away from their parents if they don’t fit a certain weight. I guess I’m more of a Libertarian in some ways.

    •  Agreed. I’d just add a historical perspective: in the 19th century, most middle-aged people (who were not starving) were overweight. Past 40, most were fat. Just look at the photos of the majority of significant people from, say, 1850 to 1914- most are well-rounded.

      The cult of lean body started with Hollywood, perhaps as early as Rudolf Valentino. It is understandable, but current perception is historically wrong: now, average person will say- oh, yeah, too much sugar, carbs, junk food in tons etc. our predecessors were not eating & that’s why high percentage of people are fat.
      Well- they were also fat 100 and 150 yrs ago, so I don’t buy it.

  • Celestial_Time

    Easy….they make stuff up or exaggerate their importance. I’m sure someone during the 80s was claiming that The Cosby Show was inspiring black families around the nation to build better communities and families.

    Many Americans have become nothing but fat, lazy, decadent consumers, always looking for a quick fix for their own shortcomings and incompetence.

    How many years have Americans heard about the “new weight loss diet” or the “new exercise machine” that gives you fast results? It’s all a bunch of lies geared toward getting you fat, gaining your trust and making you reliant, just so you can be sold on the cure for it all.

    I’m sure the Spartans would have gone on to even greater glory had they been trained using late 20th & 21st century technology like the ThighMaster, the Ab Lounge, or had their own Jenny Craig consultant.

    The way I look at it is that if someone needs a TV show to make them realize obese is not an actual body type, or need to sit on their butt to watch a TV show about how they need to get off their butt, then they’re seriously messed up in the head.

    What happens when, oh, I don’t know, the show goes off the air?

  • Major

    Yea…and an extra free seat on every airline too! Yea….they need a C130 to cart them around.

    Free ribs, burgers and fatty fried food too…yea…that’s the ticket…to borrow a phrase from Jon Lovitz.

  • Celestial_Time

    Curvy would be the pin-up girls of the 40s and 50s. A lot of those women were curvy and, in my opinion, the epitome of sexiness in the female form. What we have today is people trying to pass off The Fat Lady at a circus side show as being part of the ballooning definition of curvy.

  • Celestial_Time

     Good job!

    May I ask what kind of routine you have now, or what lifestyle changes did you make?

  • Celestial_Time

     I’m really glad that someone admits that the actual “disease” is extremely rare.

    Hypothyroidism is estimated to be only about 5 percent of the population. Of that 5 percent, only a fraction can be said to be obese because of being untreatable, even with medication. Of that fraction, the majority of the cases are the elderly or those over 40(especially women).

  • bobfairlane

    Is there an Office Of White Health (even though whites are a minority in the world and most US states and cities) ? 

  • bobfairlane

    Isn’t American healthcare AMAZING!  Have a thyroid problem? OK, we’ll inject you with radioactive nuclear chemicals and KILL YOUR THYROID, then cut out body parts till you feel better. 

  • bluffcreek1967

    Black women have it especially hard – but it’s by their own doing. Aside from not being the most attractive women among the various races, Black women (at least in America) are loud, uncouth, contentious and not particularly bright. If it wasn’t for the federal government, so many of them would not have jobs. The common ‘angry Black woman’ is more acceptable in government work, but not as much in the private sector in which people of all races are expected to perform and do their jobs (obviously, there are exceptions). The standards are stricter in the private sector in which monetary outcome and results are the bottom line.