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The real skinny on weight and earning power

The Wall Street Journal’s Juggle blog looks at a new study that shows a disturbing – but not altogether surprising — correlation between weight, gender and earning power. The study concludes that,

[E]mployers seem to treat women exactly the way the fashion industry does – by rewarding very thin women with higher pay, while penalizing average-weight women with smaller paychecks.

Other highlights of the study show that women who weighed 25 pounds less than the group average earned approximately $15,572 more a year. The opposite was true for underweight men, who made about $8,437 less than their average-weight counterparts.

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