Obese Workers Lose Out On Better Jobs

Earlier this year, I reviewed a little-discussed side effect of the obesity epidemic that could be hurting many of you daily: How all those extra pounds hamper your ability to earn a better salary. Folks, the damage you may be doing to your health and career may be far worse than you think...

A study conducted by Personnel Today (free text link below) found a great many sobering perceptions felt by many of some 2,000 British human resources professionals polled. These numbers, particularly if you're fighting a losing battle with obesity, should scare you.

  • When given a choice between identically qualified candidates -- one being obese, and the other of a normal weight -- 93 percent chose the latter based on the extra pounds.
  • Fifteen percent would be less likely prone to promote an obese employee.
  • Almost half of the respondents believe obesity affects an employee's work output.
  • More than 10 percent believe obese workers shouldn't be hired for jobs that entail client contact.
  • Close to a third believe obesity is a valid reason not to hire someone.

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PersonnelToday.com October 25, 2005

Yahoo News October 25, 2005

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