Recently, it seems like heavier people are getting the short end of the stick, financially speaking. Here are 7 times where it would have paid to be thin.
Last week, a picture of an incredibly overweight man trying to squeeze into a single seat on an airplane went viral. In the picture, half the man’s body is hanging out into the aisle of the plane. The image resurrected a longtime debate over whether someone can be too fat to fly (and has prompted a safety investigation by the FAA). More broadly, it highlights an emerging trend in our culture where people are often penalized for being overweight. In this particular case, the man was allowed to fly, but there are plenty of other stories where overweight customers and employees are restricted solely based on their size. It may be more important now than ever to sort through our country’s policies regarding overweight people. According to one recent study, 43% of Americans will be considered obese by 2018. In other words, either you or the person next to you may be the one blocking the aisle in less than 10 years. So, will these penalties help prevent the obesity epidemic, or just exacerbate the stigma that overweight Americans feel already? Photo Credit: Mykl Roventine