This showed up as one of the search terms used to get to my blog:
what is a job for a morbidly obese woman?
So, what sort of job is good for a morbidly obese woman? How about one that she has the skills for? One that she enjoys doing?
But what about in everyday life?
Fat women are doctors. Clerks. Nurses. Programmers. Saleswomen. Lawyers. Engineers. Housewives. Writers. Bosses. Janitors. Baristas. Fat women are everywhere. And we may not look as fat as you think we do.
So are fat men.
Even so, fat people, especially fat women, are less likely to be hired (there are fewer fat actors for a reason). Fat people are also often paid less and harassed more than similar-qualified people who are thin. As noted in an article in the California Law Review,
“highly obese” women earn 24% less than thin women while the so-called moderately obese earn 6% less. A Harvard Public Health Study found that fat women have household incomes $6,710 lower than thin women. Fat women also have a 10% higher rate of poverty.
I didn’t know all this when I was in college. I knew that I didn’t fit the late-80s “Dress for Success” look, and that being fat didn’t help, but I didn’t realize that weight discrimination was being studied. I knew I wouldn’t look like the stereotypical Seattle programmer , but I majored in computer science anyway. I’m likely to be paid less than others in my field, but at least it’s a field with above-median pay to start with.
Are there jobs that fat people can’t do? Probably not jobs where being small is part of the job, such as being a jockey. Weight Watchers refuses to hire people for certain jobs that don’t maintain their WW-determined “Goal Weight”. There are also jobs that fat people may not WANT to do — I’m afraid that individuals do tend to be individual about their wants, needs, and skills.
What do you think? Stupid question?