When it Comes to Paychecks, Body Size Matters

January 31, 2011  |  

(Washington Post) — It’s an endless cultural lesson that’s been drilled into our heads since we were tots, watching cartoons such as “The Flintstones” and playing with Barbie and Ken dolls: If you are a woman, you should be extremely thin; if you are a man, you should be big and strong.  And 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.

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