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Career advice

Overweight? Your chances of getting a job are reduced

Survey suggests obese healthcare staff have fewer career and training opportunities
Obese worker

Nurses who are obese need to be aware that their weight could be damaging their careers as well as their health.

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Research has found that being obese, particularly for women, can affect job opportunities, education, income and occupation.

A study published in May by a team of researchers from the UK, Czech Republic, Slovenia and the Netherlands, asked more than 180 recruiters to look at identical CVs with accompanying photographs depicting fator thin people.

CVs from men and women of normal weight scored higher than the identical CVs picturing obese applicants.

Discrimination

Sheffield Hallam centre for sports and exercise science lead researcher Stuart Flint said: ‘The results are particularly worrying for obese women because they show that they are discriminated against more than obese men.’

Earlier this year, a study of 119,000 adults at the University of Exeter found that a

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