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Employer Bias Against Obese Persons Isn't Based On Looks, Study Finds

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February 22, 1998
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Researchers have speculated that looks motivate employers's reluctance to hire obese persons for jobs in which they have high public visibility. But a study by Ohio University psychologists suggests it's the activity of the job and the obese person's perceived inability to perform it that deters employment, not physical appearance.

ATHENS, Ohio -- Researchers have long speculated that looks motivate employers's reluctance to hire obese persons for jobs in which they have high public visibility. But a new study by Ohio University psychologists suggests it's the activity of the job and the obese person's perceived inability to perform it that deters employment, not physical appearance.


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