I decided to look into whatever I could find on the employment prospects of fat people in the developed world. This is what I found:
A daily mail article reported that:
Having gained a lot of weight following the death of her grandmother, a highly qualified woman interviewed by the Daily Mail said, "When you are fat, they assume you must be stupid and lazy, because only a stupid, lazy person would allow themselves to get so big."
A Forbes report assimilates various studies:
Indeed, American employers seem to have some stats to back up their discrimination against overweight people: between 1997 and 2004, obese workers:
In addition, the average medical-claims costs per 100 employees was $51k for the obese and $7.5k for the non-obese.
An article by The Guardian summarises the phenomenon as follows: Fat people are regarded as less successful at restraint. Fat bodies (are deemed) - less worthy, less capable and less employable.
Fat-hate is so pervasive in Western society although it's so superficial. I would like to think that in hiring someone I would ignore what they look like and focus exclusively on their ability to perform a certain role. For many roles, what you look like doesn't and shouldn't matter. Sadly, overweight people often share the bias against them and that impacts on their self esteem and confidence.
When it comes to fatness, I prefer to focus more on health factors rather than on aesthetics. Health consequences are more real and if you're obese that should really be your key concern. Being fit means you can run around with your kids, you'll live longer and you're less likely to get any obesity-related illnesses.
Whatever your size, love yourself and know your value as a person.
Peace and chicken grease,
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