According to a recent Michigan State University study, overweight men are more likely to get promoted than overweight women. The study had medical professionals and other experts look at photos of 1000 bosses of top U.S. companies, and determine whether the people in the photos were overweight.
What they found was that approximately 60 percent of the male bosses were overweight, while in the general population, only about 41 percent of men in this age group are considered overweight. This was interpreted in the study to mean that being overweight could actually be a benefit to men seeking to climb up the corporate ladder.
Just 22 percent of female bosses were judged to be overweight, compared to 29 percent of females in the general population, which suggests that being overweight actually harms female executives when it comes to promotions.
The study found that being obese (defined in the study as 30 or more pounds overweight) appeared to hurt both men and women in the workplace.
Do you think overweight men get promoted more than overweight women? Is the old double standard still in effect in the modern workplace?