Obesity May Make Job Search Tougher.
It was the small square photo clipped to an applicant’s resume that most influenced whether a woman would be hired. But there was a hidden catch: The pictures showed the same six women both before and after weight-loss surgery.
The end result: The “employers” in the study rated these six women more poorly when their photos were taken when they were obese.
For the research, published recently in the International Journal of Obesity, the 95 raters actually were New Zealand undergraduate students who weren’t aware that weight bias was the real focus of the study. Read the full article by Lisa Esposito for U.S. News and World Report here.