Some studies have suggested that obese women are more likely to be paid less than their thin counterparts. However, this is turning out to not be entirely true. It’s now being found that some heavy women are actually making more than thin women because they plan on never having a husband to help them out financially.
So put away that salad, ladies, and grab a donut if you want to make more money. Hell, grab three donuts and a milkshake, too.
An economic paper using UK data found that “weight discrimination we observe in the labor market has its source in an entirely different market – the marriage market.” Once all attributes that contribute to wages were taken in to account, the data resulted in finding:
“That married men and single women both have a wage rate that is positively related to the their Body Mass Index (BMI) – the heavier they are, the higher the wage they are paid. Single men and married women have the opposite experience – they are penalized for their weight — the heavier they are, the lower the wage they are paid.”
Overweight men are not at the same disadvantage as overweight women when it comes to the likelihood of marriage. When was the last time one of the men in your life commented on the sex appeal of an overweight woman? When was the last time someone in this office softly caressed my Zach Galifianakis doll and whispered: “You’re perfect?” The answer to the latter question is about five minutes ago.
The study goes on to show that when it comes to weight there is no issue in preventing either the fat male crowd or the thin male crowd from finding happiness and bliss in holy matrimony. However, this still doesn’t explain why heavier men are being paid more. Perhaps, the more space one takes up, the more obvious they are and more attention is paid to their business skills? Just a thought. Although a possible explanation is: “while being obese may not prevent men from marrying, it does encourage them to work harder to compensate their wives for the fact that they don’t look like the guy in Old Spice ads.” Ah yes, the guy in the Old Spice ads.
We don’t need a study to point out the emphasis that society puts on women being skinny – we have a slew of fashion magazines to prove it – so trying to break down all the reasons why the obese are at such a disadvantage when it comes to marriage is an unnecessary task. But because they’re not first in line to win the approval of a male suitor, at least long enough to get him to the altar, it seems that heavy women are aware of their slim chances at marriage. In recognizing the strong possibility of never having the financial security of a dual income household, they “invest more in their jobs so that they get closer to that standard of living they might have had they married.”
Another thought is that some women may think that in making a high income their chances at landing a fella will also go up. But can love really be bought? Most evidence shows that “men care very little about the income level of a potential” mate.
The end result is that heavy women still end up alone but with the hope that working harder will land them a husband; and while they live this delusional existence, they’ll have enough money for a walk-in closet and hundreds of shoes with which to fill it? There is so much injustice in that statement, I don’t even know where to begin.
Looks like women need to choose their battles when it comes to marriage and money. Is it better to be unmarried, fat and rich; or married, thin and paid less for your slender body? I say reach for a cupcake. Money and shoes will never break your heart, and love can be bought in a box with batteries.