Overweight Women, but not Men, Face Employment Discrimination in China

In China, urban workplaces discriminate against people whose weight falls outside the expected norm—with the exception of overweight men, says a team led by Jay Pan of Sichuan University in China. For women, being overweight decreases the probability of being employed by 15.2%, on average, but there is no such penalty for overweight men. Being underweight is a different story: It decreases the probability of being employed by 22.9% for women and 34.3% for men. Obesity also hurts people’s employment prospects, and for women the penalty is three times greater than for men.

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