A recent research has found that employers are more likely to hire a woman with a lower BMI than one with a comparatively higher body mass index.
Interestingly, the finding also discovered that this weight-based prejudice do not apply to men.
The research was carried out by showing participants photos of both men and women that had been manipulated to represent different BMI levels.
They were then asked to rate how likely they were to hire each person.
Results showed that the faces of women with a higher BMI were looked at less favourably than those with a lower BMI.
But when it came to the men facial thinness did not affect whether they would be considered employable.
The researchers confirmed that for women even being slightly overweight can affect their job prospects.
Lead author Dennis Nickson described the results to be ‘deeply unsettling’.
Unfortunately, the researchers also explained that they thought this problem wasn’t likely to disappear soon.
The findings of the research were published in the PLOS One journal.