People who are larger than "average"
encounter discriminatory attitudes and are denied equal opportunity
in many areas of their lives:
Overweight and obese women have lower incomes
($6,700 a year less) and higher rates of poverty (10 percent higher)
than their non-obese peers.
Studies show that overweight and obese students,
especially girls, are less likely than the non-obese to be accepted
by the more competitive colleges. This is true even if the girls'
grades, standardized test scores, and other variables are the
same as for other boys and girls.
Overweight people are less likely to attend college
even though they score high on standardized tests and are academically
motivated. Also, overweight women are more likely than other men
or women to pay their way through college.
Overweight students are more likely to be refused
letters of recommendation from faculty members.
Overweight people are not hired as often as those
of average size, are not promoted as often, are paid less than
their thinner counterparts, may be charged more for employee insurance
coverage, and are sometimes fired because of their weight.