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Only 15% of hiring managers would consider hiring an overweight woman

Being overweight can weigh down your career prospects, too, according to new research

Overweight women suffer major discrimination in the workplace.

Jobs site Fairygodboss recently carried out a survey of 500 hiring professionals, who were shown a picture of an overweight woman and asked if they’d consider employing her. Only 15.6% of them said that they would. Plus, one in five hiring personnel characterized the woman as “lazy,” and slightly more — 21% — called her “unprofessional.”

This is particularly troubling for much of America’s female workforce. Indeed, nearly four in 10 adult women (38.3%) are obese, according to government data — a higher percentage than for men (34.3%). And even more are overweight, meaning that about two out of three women in America are overweight or obese.

“There are several decades of research evidence demonstrating weight bias in the context of employment, and what we see is evid...

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