Compensation

An April 2012 study by the University of Manchester and Monash University Melbourne found that those who were overweight are discriminated against by hiring managers and are less likely to win a position. That same study found that hiring managers also offered a lower starting salary to overweight candidates. A study by Cornell also found that overweight women on average earn 7% less than fitter women. Unfortunately, weight seems to affect women’s earnings more than men’s: A female baby boomer earns $313.70 less per year for every one-point increase in her B.M.I., while men only lose $161.30 per point increase.