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Obesity: Not a Good Career Move

Those extra pounds may be bringing you down in more ways than you may know.

It is being reported that a 10% increase in your body mass index (BMI), can cut a man's real earnings by 3.3 percent and a woman's by 1.8 percent. This new research comes from nine European countries showing the negative impact of weight on wages is stronger in the "oil belt" nations which include Spain, Greece, Italy and Portugal. However, in the so-called "beer belt" countries (I didn't even know there was a "beer belt") of Austria, Ireland, Denmark, Belgium and Finland gaining weight does not have a significant effect on salary.

The real question is whether these findings are due to discrimination against overweight and obese people or to health problems or depression that may limit their productivity.

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lurvemeemoie lurvemeemoie 9 years
never knew that...i know obesity...just didn't know it would affect your work.
M155-J4CK13 M155-J4CK13 10 years
I think it is definitely a matter of discrimination. Not all obese people are depressed and not all depressed obese people react the same way to depression.
honeysugar28 honeysugar28 10 years
This is mean but unfortunately its true. I've seen it first hand with a friend of mine who's borderline obese. She can't find a decent job. And then she gets even more depressed and eats more.
bluejeanie bluejeanie 10 years
this reminds me of that study that said attractive people earn more...
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