Here’s a better reason than your New Year’s resolution to get to the gym: Women who are perceived as thinner earn on average $15,572 more a year than their normal-weight counterparts, according to a recent study.
Here’s a better reason than your New Year’s resolution to get to the gym: Women who are perceived as thinner earn on average $15,572 more than their normal-weight counterparts per year, according to a recent study.
The study asked how society’s Barbie-and-Ken body standards for women and men affect income. The short answer? Don’t be violating gender norms if you value your paycheck.
Women who weigh 25 lbs above the average weight take home $13,847 less than average-weight ladies.
Men, on the other hand, earn more as they pack on the chunk: Being 30 pounds overweight gets you $7,775 over what the average guy makes per year.
Manorexics, beware: Thin guys earn $8,437 less than average-weight dudes. But you can take comfort in the fact that as a guy, you’re still earning 23% more than women doing the same work. Little thing called the gender wage gap.
So, for the ladies, the take home is this: Being image-conscious pays-literally. Oh, and buy your dude a Royale with cheese.
How Do We Know All This? Cuz we’re brilliant. Also:
Thin is in. Really, really in. $15k a year worth of “in.”
On average, women earn 80 percent of what their male counterparts earn, but the difference between earnings varies by race.
Obesity costs women more money than it costs men. We’ll pretend to be surprised.
So, about that New Year’s resolution: 4 Fun Fat Burning Exercises.
-Erin Barajas, Serious Coin contributor
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