Obesity discrimination's impact on women
This episode originally aired on Feb. 9, 2023.
In a country where nearly half the population is obese, discrimination based on weight is a real problem, especially when it comes to accommodations and jobs. Discrimination is harder on women than men.
While wage-based discrimination on the basis of sex, race, and sexual orientation have been on a study decline, the wage gap on the basis of weight between women still persists.
Women are penalized for weight gain economically, a phenomenon that does not translate to men.
We will discuss the minimal success of the body positivity movement and why we as a society are still obsessed with weight after years of attempting to move away from such valuations.
- Nichole Kelly, professor at the University of Oregon
- Tyler McCall, writer, editor and former editor-in-chief of Fashionista magazine
- John Cawley, professor of economics at Cornell University
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