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Study: Obese Women Face Job Discrimination

| by Michael Allen

A study, published today by the European Commission’s Community Research and Development Information Service, says that "obese women do not really stand a chance of landing a job when they are up against non-overweight candidate."

The study, published in the Obesity, was performed by researchers from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom and Monash University in Australia.

Dr. Kerry O'Brien, a senior lecturer at Monash University and Fellow at the University of Manchester, said study participants were not initially told what the study was about.

Dr. O'Brien said: "Participants viewed a series of resumes that had a small photo of the job applicant attached, and were asked to make ratings of the applicants' suitability, starting salary, and employability."

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"We found that strong obesity discrimination was displayed across all job selection criteria, such as starting salary, leadership potential, and likelihood of selecting an obese candidate for the job."

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The study's full name is: "Do Antifat Attitudes Predict Antifat Behaviors?", by Kerry S. O'Brien, Janet D. Latner,  Jamin Halberstadt, John A. Hunter, Jeremy Anderson and Peter Caputi.  Obesity 16, S87-S92 doi:10.1038/oby.2008.456