The Wages of Obesity

They’re lower, unless you are male, or black.

In 2008, obese women made an average of $5,826 (15 percent) less than normal-weight females, the George Washington University researchers said….

White women who were obese had lower wages in both 2004 and 2008 than normal-weight white women, while wages were lower for obese white men only in 2004….

In 2004, Hispanic women who were obese earned $6,618 less than normal-weight Hispanic women. In 2008, the gap among women narrowed slightly but doubled for men. Hispanic men who were obese earned $8,394 less than normal weight Hispanic men.

In both 2004 and 2008, black men who were obese earned more than normal-weight black men, while wages were similar for obese and normal-weight black women.

HealthDay News story here.  Pointer from Jan Gurley.


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  1. Brian says:

    Not quite sure what to make of this.

  2. Greg says:

    Ditto Brian’s comment.

  3. Devon Herrick says:

    There was a survey of people who attached a photo to their resume. The photo boosted interview call backs for attractive men, but not for attractive women. In men, attractiveness helped them land a job. In women, being attractive hurt them (presumably) due to envy bias on the part of female hiring managers.

  4. Davie says:

    While envy bias is one explanation, I think that places the burden of female unemployment squarely on females. I’m skeptical of that notion. Perhaps a more compelling explanation is that attractive females cause their male counterparts to act unprofessionally, both in terms of productivity and personality.

  5. Yorvit Cruz says:

    I’ve seen several studies on this subject that supply contradictory results, so it’s hard to lend this one any credence. The attached article is from CBS, and it explains that a new study found that for men, obesity and income actually have a positive correlation.