We all know that HR is never dull, but sometimes it can get downright strange...
For highly educated women, weight matters
New research from Finland that suggests weight is a pay barrier for certain
The study found that obese women who are highly educated earn about 30 percent
less -- a difference of at least $5,000 a year -- than normal-weight
or even plump women, the Associated Press reports. When analyzed by occupation,
women with white-collar jobs earned less if they were obese.
On the other hand, obesity had little or no effect on pay if women were poorly
educated, manual workers or self-employed.
And obesity had no statistically significant effect on men's pay, the study
"This suggests that, socio-economically, obesity is not as stigmatizing
for men as it is for women," concluded the University of Helsinki researchers.
The researchers couldn't explain why this happens, or why there was a bigger
effect on some women, except to say the pressure on women to be thin may be
strongest among higher socio-economic classes.
The study has been published in the American Journal of Public Health.
Associated Press, via Yahoo!