Physical attractiveness and your career, redux

I recently posted on research into the relationship between perceived physical attractiveness and its impact on one’s career prospects. Now, the Washington Post reports on additional research into this area:

while we’ve grown accustomed to research finding that such stereotypes play out in the workplace — overweight and obese women, for example, have a harder time ascending the career staircase — a recent study has found that a worker’s girth can have an appreciable impact on the size of his or her paycheck.The study found that thin women are paid significantly more than their average-size counterparts, while heavier women make less. Skinnier-than-average men, on the other hand, cash smaller paychecks than their average-weight peers.

Experts say it’s just another sign that as a society, we’ve internalized the unrealistic, media-driven physical ideals that show up in the workplace — and therefore the pocketbook.


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