Excess employees earn less than their slim associates, a new LinkedIn research was found. The results suggest that social prejudice over the person's weight can translate into pay differentials.
LinkedIn found British workers who were reported to be overweight based on body mass index, averaging less than $ 2,500 a year on average who had a healthy BMI (the ratio between weight and height).
Researchers say that there is a difference between men and women in the pay gap between the sexes. Excessive weight and obese women allegedly earned $ 11,500 less than obese or obese men.
Workers also linked the perception of their weight to their overall career advancement. The study showed:
- One of the four people who had excessive body weight felt they missed a job and promotion because of their weight.
- One of the three obese workers felt the same way.
- 43% of obese workers said that slim colleagues progressed in their career faster than they did.
- 28% of total workers said they received offensive comments about their weight from their associates or managers.
"The LinkedIn community has a number of groups and discussions on this topic," said Ngaire Moyes, a spokeswoman for LinkedIn. Moyes expressed the fear that this form of discrimination still exists in the workplace.
"We hope that more members will be encouraged to participate in the discussion on how it affects them and how size bias can be solved," Moyes said.