Fat chance of promotion for women – while overweight men rewarded

April 9th, 2009 by admin

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BEING fat is fine for men in the business world, but it might just weigh down women’s prospects for promotion, research suggested yesterday.
A study found that being overweight further reinforced the glass ceiling faced by women trying to reach the top.

But for men, a larger waistline seemed to enhance their chances of entering the boardroom.

The study, published in the British journal Equal Opportunities International, focused on the bosses of 1,000 leading companies in the United States.

Photographs of these individuals were assessed by experts, including medical professionals who were able to accurately estimate people’s weight.

The researchers found that only 5 per cent of men and women bosses at top companies were classed as obese – lower than the US average of 36 per cent of men and 38 per cent of women of a similar age.

But the study did find that up to 61 per cent of the leading male bosses were overweight – higher than the US average of 41 per cent in this age group – indicating that overweight men were over-represented in high positions in the business world.

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