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How does body weight affect financial success?

Eric Olsen
Fitness

There's ample evidence to suggest a link between body weight and financial success. A study of business school graduates by Harvard Medical School found that men who were at least 20 percent above their "desirable" weights made $4,000 less per year compared with their leaner colleagues, and the earnings gap widened over the years.

In another study, researchers analyzed income and attractiveness and found that men and women rated as unattractive suffered a 10 and 5 percent income deficit, respectively, compared with those of average looks. Those rated as attractive, on the other hand, enjoyed a 5 and 4 percent premium, respectively. Of course, beauty is at least somewhat in the eye of the beholder, but the authors of the income and attractiveness study note there is broad consensus about what is attractive in our culture today, and among the qualities is leanness.

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