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Skinny women and big men have better chances of promotion

Study finds size matters


 

Being overweight can get you to the top, but not if you’re a woman. In a study that looked at the effect of weight on career advancement to upper management, researchers found that being overweight can help the advancements of men, while it holds women back. The study on weight bias is published in the British journal Equal Opportunities International. Researchers from Michigan State University asked two groups to analyze pictures of bosses at 1,000 top U.S. companies. One group were individuals who were tested before the study to determine their accuracy in assessing body weight, while the other group were medical professionals who are experts at estimating weight. Both groups perceived that only five per cent of male and female bosses at top companies were obese (this is lower than the U.S. average of 36 per cent for men, 38 per cent for women). But the findings also revealed that 61 per cent of top male bosses are actually overweight (which is higher than the U.S. average of 41 per cent of men in that age-group). In contrast, only 22 per cent of top female executives were overweight (while the US average is 29 per cent among similarly aged women). Researchers say that weight bias is one contributing factor in the glass ceiling preventing women from reaching top management.

The Daily Record


 
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Skinny women and big men have better chances of promotion

  1. Has anyone considered that women are generally just less aggressive than men at wage and promotion negotiations? You can’t blame fatty for everything……just most things.

    • This is just a bad study. What it shows is that people are not good at estimating weight. It is easier to believe that the male executives are more likelier to be tall or muscular, and that this would not make them appear obese, despite an elevated BMI,

  2. Alternately, one might conclude from the study that women in higher positions are more likely to work out and keep fit than men at the same level.

  3. What about the skinny man? Can’t it be concluded that the skinny man is given a glass ceiling?

    It’s not my fault that I have a fast metabolism!

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