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Heavier Workers Earn 15% Less Than Thinner Workers
Overweight and obese workers earn less than thinner employees, and the gap is larger among women, according to a new study.
Researchers at The George Washington University found that overweight female workers earned $5,826 (15 percent) less than their healthy-weight co-workers. Overweight male workers fared slightly better earning $4,772 less, on average.
The researchers from the university's School of Public Health and Health Services' Department of Health Policy analyzed data from the 2004 and 2008 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth.
Analysis of the 2004 survey revealed that overweight women make $8,666 less and overweight men make $4,772 less comparatively, while the 2008 analysis showed that the salary differential for women fell to $5,826.
This research supports increased findings that obesity affects both health and economic opportunities, said study authors.
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