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Women, Weight, and the Workplace: The Effects of Economic Weight Bias Against Women

Year: 2023

Presenter Name: Niko Dawson

Women experience different treatment within the workforce, influenced by remnants of a patriarchal society. Extensive effort has gone into researching the gender pay gap and what forces could be responsible for this societal disadvantage. Meanwhile, studies have shown an overall negative relationship between income and resulting weight, concluding that obesity rates are higher at lower levels of income. However, not much research has been conducted to analyze the likelihood that weight bias at the workplace causes this relationship to be significant when reversed. Using the most recent quantitative data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, this paper uses an ordinary least squares regression model of income on weight with additional control variables to examine the effect of weight bias on income for men and women. Additionally, I will explore the consequences of this relationship and how it fits into the overarching issue of the gender pay gap.
University / Institution: Weber State University
Type: Poster
Format: In Person
Presentation #C55
SESSION C (1:45-3:15PM)
Area of Research: Social Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Brandon Koford