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Overweight Women Earn Less, Work In Physically Demanding Jobs

Scott Gamm
10/23/14 3:09 PM EDT
Overweight women lose in the labor market. That's what a new study from Vanderbilt University found. It said obese women are more likely to work in lower paying and more physically demanding jobs, compared to average size women and all men. Yet obese men seem to do just as well as average size men in terms of income, regardless of the occupation. What's driving the double standard and why does weight matter when it comes to income? TheStreet's Scott Gamm speaks with Vanderbilt University Professor Jennifer Shinall to discuss the study and whether or not obese individuals are considered disabled as part of the Americans with Disabilities Act.