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posted on 23.06.2016, 07:51 by Dennis Nickson

Using mixed design analysis of variance (ANOVA), this research investigates the effects of a subtle simulated increase in adiposity on women’s employment chances in the service sector. Employing a unique simulation of altering individuals’ BMIs and the literature on ‘aesthetic labour’, the study suggests that, especially for women, being heavier, but still within a healthy BMI, deleteriously impacts on hireability ratings. The research explores the gendered dimension of this prejudice by asking whether female employees at the upper end of a healthy BMI range are likely to be viewed more negatively than their overtly overweight male counterparts. The study concludes by considering the implications of these findings.


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