Kim (basement variety) emailed me this USA Today article.
The paychecks of obese workers are, on average, about 2.5% less than the paychecks of their thinner counterparts in the same professions, a new study says.
And the wage penalty is much greater for overweight women … as much as 6.2% … according to the study submitted to the journal Health Economics.
Obese workers who are paid $1.25 less an hour over a 40-year career wind up with $100,000 less before taxes, says co-author William Ford, an economics professor at Middle Tennessee State University and a former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
“It’s very clear that significantly overweight people are paying a huge price,” he says.
Obese workers overall suffered a wage penalty in the range of 1.4% to 4.5%. The penalty for obese women ranged from 2.3% to 6.2% vs. a range of 0.7% to 2.6% for men.
Obese men face discrimination, but it typically doesn’t kick in until they are very obese, says Miriam Berg, president of the Council on Size & Weight Discrimination. Women encounter weight discrimination for being just 30 pounds overweight, she says.
- The Wage Gap Series, so far
- The Motherhood Myth (wage gap series, part 5)
- Wage Gap Myth: The pay gap only exists because men work so many more hours than women. (wage gap series, part 4)
- Myth: The pay gap only exists because women haven't been in the workplace as long as men (wage gap series, part 6)
- Trends in the Wage Gap (wage gap series, part 2)