Why Do Obese Employees Earn Less? Productivity or Bias?

November 29th, 2011 No comments »

It has been well documented that obese workers are paid less than their co-workers for the same job. But is this because employers are deducting for lost productivity and higher health care costs or because of bias against persons with obesity. The best expert in the field lends his conclusion at The Obesity Wage Penalty – Room for Debate – NYTimes.com

Time Magazine blogger calls for abusing persons with obesity

November 15th, 2011 No comments »

Time magazine blogger, Shannon Brownlee wants us to get serious about obesity with a ‘novel’ idea: 

Shannon Brownlee

insulting,  discriminating and penalizing persons with obesity. Boy, bet that will help. Shannon Brownlee: Let’s Stop Being Passive About Obesity | TIME Ideas | TIME.com

(Ever notice that the folks who espouse the most mean-spirited attacks on persons with obesity always think it is a novel idea? Why is that?)

Discrimination DC Style: Mayor’s hiring under scrunity

May 13th, 2011 No comments »

Discrimination D.C. Style:  Hiring Pattern Under Scrunity

New Washington DC Mayor Vincent Gray has gotten off to a poor start, especially when it has come to staffing his administration. Now, the Washington Post reports on emails among his staff, pointing out, at least in one case, an applicant’s weight. E-mails by Gray advisers included frank talk – The Washington Post

Employment and Wage Discrimination

September 27th, 2009 No comments »

A starting point for any economic view of obesity is the current state of employment and wage discrimination against persons with obesity. For excellent resources, see:


Economic causes and consequences of obesity. [Annu Rev Public Health. 2005] – PubMed Result

Evidence of discrimination against obese workers Do antifat attitudes predict antifat behaviors? [Obesity (Silver Spring). 2008] – PubMed Result

Bias, discrimination, and obesity. [Obes Res. 2001] – PubMed Result

Recent experiences of weight-based stigmatization …[Obesity (Silver Spring). 2008] – PubMed Result

Racism may increase weight in black women Perceived racism in relation to weight change in t…[Ann Epidemiol. 2009] – PubMed Result

Wage Discrimination

Obesity has significant impact on white women’s wages Obesity, Self-esteem and Wages

Body Composition and Wages

Weight and wages: fat versus lean paychecks. [Health Econ. 2009] – PubMed Result

Why obesity lowers wages: http://www.nber.org/digest/aug05/aug05.pdf

The wage effects of obesity: a longitudinal study. [Health Econ. 2004] – PubMed Result

Health, obesity, and earnings. [Am J Public Health. 1980] – PubMed Result