Skip to comments.Obesity Linked to Lower Paychecks [Interestingly, Women and Minorities Hardest Hit]
Posted on 12/19/2011 10:10:00 AM PST by Dysart
Obese Americans have smaller paychecks than those who aren't overweight, and this difference is especially strong among women, a new study finds.
The analysis of data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth revealed that in 2004, overall average annual incomes were $8,666 less for obese women and $4,772 less for obese men compared with normal weight workers.
In 2008, obese women made an average of $5,826 (15 percent) less than normal-weight females, the George Washington University researchers said.
"This research broadens the growing body of evidence that shows that in addition to taxing health, obesity significantly affects personal finances," Christine Ferguson, a professor in the department of health policy, said in a university news release. "It also reinforces how prevalent stigma is when it comes to weight-related health issues."
She and her colleagues also found that race has a significant influence on weight-related differences in income.
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Obesity linked to feeding kids in school. Wise up...
I’m waiting for the study that links obesity to food stamp usage.
Stigma??? Perhaps the association indicates fat people on average don't work as hard as their counterparts.
Or, perhaps it highlights that that’s the perception if not the reality.
People who earn higher paychecks work longer hours and have less time to polish off a whole bucket of KFC while watching Dancing with the Stars.
End the obesity epidemic!
Also related to the crime in cities and the immorality.
You used to walk to school up to 8 miles away, now they won’t dare to have you walk 300 feet for fear a pedophile will snatch you.
But I'm not a female minority... huh?
They may have the cause and effect backwards. Many lower income people tend to buy the most pre-packaged, processed foods. Just look at their carts. Ewww. Stuff I wouldn’t even eat.
If obesity is linked to income; please explain Oprah.
I’m overweight, and under-employed - however, may I be so bold as to point out another cause/effect .... laziness. If I’m too lazy to exercise, too lazy to prepare healthy foods, and too lazy to burn off the excess calories I consume - guess what? I’m gonna be fat.
Being lazy also tends to explain the low paycheck. If I’m too lazy to apply myself to a job, chances are I won’t get a huge raise. If I’m lazy about my education, chances are I won’t get a high paying salaried position.
So, instead of looking elsewhere for something to blame; how about we look at making changes in ourselves. I’m applying for jobs that pay more, and working at my job to do the best I can - for which I not only have my peers, but also have my boss willing to give me professional recommendations. I’m hitting the treadmill in the morning, and counting the calories.
Life is hard, life is brutal; but it’s also a filter. Those of us who are good, honest, work hard and don’t prey upon the weaker, and believe in Christ - we will get our ultimate reward. Those who are lazy, prey upon others and dis-avow the teachings of Christ - they too will reap their reward.
Fat people produce less and are paid less, it’s pretty simple actually.It’s really difficult in a production atmosphere to have to carry the fat slobs that can’t or won’t carry themselves
Funny how my wife and I grew up poor during the 50s-60s, without all of the extras that todays “poor” have in abundance, and we were not overweight.
Part of it no doubt relates to the fact that they are somewhat less likely to be promoted than, say, an attractive, svelte colleague who—valid or not— gives the impression of being in better health.
>>> If obesity is linked to income; please explain Oprah.
Ding Ding Ding Ding, we have the thread winna.
No other comment can top this. I salute you, sir.
The study doesn’t tackle the reasons here, but see my #14 for one example I have observed. There are likely many reasons, some stereotypical, others not.
I wonder if this study controlled for health of participants. If obese people miss more days of work, in many jobs, that would affect their incomes. That could account for part of it. But, regardless, the finding does not surprise me.
I take it that’s the new dear leader. Strapping lad.
Christ will fix our heart if we let him, and ultimately fix our bodies as well.
Keep up the good work Hodar !...All fall short, some things are just more visible than others.
Figment, don't cast stones.
Easy enough to explain. Starchy stuff is cheaper and is more filling than proteins and vegetables.
I know some females who work long hours, and yet they are overweight. They do not have time to work out. If they had the time, they are more likely to spend their money on their children so their children won’t become fat. I also observed the first grade teachers at the school ‘holiday’ music recital. Every one of them is overweight. It is fascinating because I’ve watched these women go from ok weight to obese over a few years. I know what kind of money they make. I also know what kinds of foods are brought to them at school. Carbs are the enemy! (of course, I send a bunch of high carb goodies to teachers for Christmas. I felt only a tad guilty.)
Obesity is often an outward sign of inward unresolved conflict particularly victims of abuse. Many obese have psychological issues which make them difficult employees. In addition, many obese have chronic illnesses which make them difficult to employ.
If those and other factors are accounted for, I doubt the differences are from discrimination.
Well, maybe not that simple; eat as large mess of beans and tell me you're still hungry. Ingesting protein makes you less hungry.
Sorry. I know this is a serious subject but I couldn't help myself.
Thats not fair, they need more money to buy more food.
There are a plethora of medical causes for a significant portion of the obese, and nearly all of them will limit the person's earning ability.
I will also point out that some of these are not permanent, and that this worthless and misleading piece neglects to mention that many people who become obese for one reason or another do not remain in that state.
This presents a picture so incomplete as to be worthless.
Obesity is linked to junky processed food. Sheesh....you’d think this was rocket science or something.
I don’t know about this study. I know lots of fat dudes that make dough. Most male supervisors are lard assed.
Me thinks this particular fat boy’s days are numbered.
He so ronery.......
I started hearing this from a former sister-in-law in the 70s (5ft. 225 lbs)would drone on about how she'd drop some weight if it didn't "cost so much." She'd tell me that cookie, etc. were cheaper than an apple!
Most of the obesity in adults can be traced back to the doctors when they were insisting that only low fat diets could prevent heart problems, cancer, etc. and that eating diets without meat, eggs, dairy would kill everyone!
Beans are also high carb. Perhaps I should have said that instead of starchy.
Then it sounds to me like the solution is to lose weight rather than to whine to the government.
I'm waiting for the study that links obesity to cramming food into one's piehole...
Yours is the most thoughtful, honest post I’ve seen in awhile. Kudos to you.
May God richly bless you (and I’m jealous of your treadmill...I don’t have room in my house for one!)
Isn’t this the same group that’s starving and dropping like flies for lack of health insurance? (apparently it’s the lack of insurance, not lack of health care, that’s fatal).
My stomach turns every time I have to go to the food store and watch waves of fat welfare recipients waddling into the store for their free groceries.
One thing I don’t understand is that they always have a big wad of cash to buy things food stamps won’t buy. I mean “BIG” wads of cash.
I guess they have been begging on the street because to be on welfare they can’t make enough to have that amount of cash........right? Oh, funny me.....I thought for a minute they obeyed laws. /sarc
Well, the study's findings emphasizes women's lower earnings overall. Maybe larger women are more discriminated against (less likely to obtain a higher paying job or be promoted) than men, because greater weight (sorry) is placed on external perceptions of them. I wouldn't rule it out. Gonna need another study.
>>End the obesity epidemic!
You are brilliant!
You must be a Ravenclaw.
‘Being lazy also tends to explain the low paycheck. If Im too lazy to apply myself to a job, chances are I wont get a huge raise. If Im lazy about my education, chances are I wont get a high paying salaried position.’
Yeah, because God knows how lazy about his education William Howard Taft was. Lord knows Rush Limbaugh is poor because most of the years he worked he was fat. And Churchill? Obviously another dumbo. Jackie Gleason? Yeah, another fat no-talent.
Clue for you: Your WEIGHT says nothing as to how intelligent you are. As for the fat ones who drop of a heart attack at 50, yeah, that’s true...and the skinny ones that live forever needing operation after operation and long term nursing care? Yup. Cheap. Then we have the nuts and berries Jim Fixxes of the world. ‘Look at meeeee...I eat nuts and berries and I’m the healthiest thing alive....’ Drops dead while proving what a great runner he is.
Now if we want to take a look at HFCS stuck into everything where real sugar used to be, if we want to look at these people who preached for years ‘no butter, no red meat, no eggs, no bread’ and then look at what people ate even 40 years ago (when there WAS so-called ‘junk food’ around] but people were on the whole much thinner...perhaps you might be on to something. Look at the GOVERNMENT wonks who promoted all this genetically modified crap and we might get to the bottom of it instead of patting ourselves on the back and pointed at all the ‘lazy, stupid fat people.’
Well not brilliant enough to know what that means, I guess...
Yeh, he's wealthy...68 with a 7 year old kid, 30 year old newer wife and one big monthly alimony payment.
You can’t even GET fresh produce in a lot of their neybor hoods becuase the safeways won’t be up in there due to RACISN! Need to FOHCE them safeways to be up in there.
Working the system IS their full time job, in they minds.
When da safesways gets openeded sumbuddy robs dem.
It means you rank in the smartest of the bunch!
Well, I guess I've consumed my recommended daily allowance of psychobabble gibberish for the day. You don't seriously believe any of that, do you?
>>Most of the obesity in adults can be traced back to the doctors when they were insisting that only low fat diets could prevent heart problems, cancer, etc. and that eating diets without meat, eggs, dairy would kill everyone! <<
Many are still preaching that, pitifully.