How Being Overweight Can Hurt Your Career - And What To Do

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By Donna Fuscaldo

Your weight matters when it comes to getting hired and getting a promotion. No one wants to believe employers are shallow enough to care about how much a person weighs, but study after study points to discrimination against obese job candidates and employees.

"We are living in such a politically correct society where we are deluding ourselves into believing overweight people are not discriminated against," says Steve Siebold, a consultant to Fortune 500 companies and author of Die Fat or Get Tough: 101 Differences in Thinking Between Fat People and Fit People. "Many employers look at obese candidates and immediately think, 'this person failed in controlling their own health, how are they going to run a division,'" he says.