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.