Weight Loss and it’s Connection to Success

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The Link to Success (even being hired)?

There’s ample evidence to suggest a link between body weight and financial success. A study of business school graduates by Harvard Medical School found that men who were at least 20 percent above their “desirable” weights made $4,000 less per year compared with their leaner colleagues, and the earnings gap widened over the years.

A 2015 study by Wharton Professor Maurice Schweitzer, Ph.D., and doctoral student Emma Levine showed that obese job candidates were deemed significantly less competent than non-obese candidates. Shockingly, even overweight participants showed bias against obese candidates. Schweitzer was quoted as saying “People judge obese people to be less competent even when it’s not the case.” And “because many people perceive obesity to be a choice, discrimination against obese people is far more accepted” than any other form such as race or sex. The research goes on to show that obese people are generally seen as less productive, more prone to interpersonal problems, lazy and less intelligent than their thinner counter-parts. This research also finds, again that overweight people tend to earn less than others, white women seem most affected: a difference of 64 pounds translates to 9% less earnings. (1)

The Facts About Obesity

Obesity is a serious condition that affects millions of people from all walks of life, currently more than 70 million Americans and steadily increasing.

Carrying around excess body fat can lower your self-confidence and wreak havoc on your body from your hair to your brain to your heart to your toes and virtually everything in between and make you more susceptible to a host of diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, depression and osteoarthritis to name just a few. The hard to conceive reality is that there is more knowledge and resources accessible in a click of the keyboard yet we, as a nation are more obese and unwell than ever before. Head of the culprit list? STRESS.

It’s a little (or a lot) more complicated than that but it’s where you may want to start, one spotlight on one culprit, one small change… will make huge impact on unwanted weight and overall health. WIN-WIN!

  1. https://faculty.wharton.upenn.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Affective-and-Interpersonal-Consequences-of-Obesity-Levine-Schweitzer-2015.pdf