A study by John Cawley, a professor of policy analysis at Cornell, found that overweight Caucasian women earn 9 percent less than those with svelte silhouettes. And a University of Michigan study reported that the total net worth of moderately to severely obese women falls as much as 60 percent below average.
And women seem to suffer more job discrimination than men. According to Rothblum, while 40 percent of the overweight men in a study group she ran reported that they have not received a job they sought because of their weight, the statistic for women — 60 percent — was even more dismal. And how do they know that their weight disqualified them? The hirers told them.
Says Rothblum: “Americans aren’t afraid of saying that they hate fat people.”