Obese Women Make Less Money, Work More Physically Demanding Jobs

November 8, 2014 10:53 PM

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Obese Women Make Less Money, Work More Physically Demanding Jobs

A recent study found obese women are more likely than other women to work physically demanding jobs, like the kind that call for hard hats. They're less likely to work in jobs that require a lot of interaction with clients and customers — jobs that, on average, make more money.

Being overweight hurts your earnings, and being an overweight woman is particularly tough on income. Back in 2004, a landmark study found that a 65 pound increase in a woman's weight is associated with a 9 percent drop in earnings. The authors of the study noted that, in terms of wages, the "obesity...

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