Women are already only making 77 cents to each dollar a man earns. What makes it even worse? A new Vanderbilt study shows that overweight women make significantly less money than an average-sized woman for the same job. Plus, no matter what the type of job, obese men do just as well as average-sized men.
According to the study, obese women are less likely to work in personal interaction-based jobs, but more likely to work in physically demanding jobs. Although jobs that emphasize personal interaction are higher paying, "a morbidly obese woman working in an occupation with an emphasis on personal interaction will earn almost 5 percent less than a normal-weight woman working in an occupation with exactly the same emphasis," explained Jennifer Shinall, Assistant Professor of Law and author of the study, in a video on Vanderbilt's website.
If you're wondering what a "personal interaction job" is compared to a "physically demanding job," Shinall has guidelines. In a personal interaction job, the employee works closely with the customer; for example, a salesperson, customer service representative, or receptionist. Examples of physically demanding positions are home health aides, health care practitioners, chefs, and child caretakers.
The Guardian has more specifics: