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The Doctors discuss a recent study from the University of Iowa that found someone's body shape could mean they make up to $1,000 less a year compared to thinner and taller colleagues. The study discovered people who are deemed "more attractive" often earn more than their workplace counterparts. Reachers report taller men and women with lower BMIs made up to an extra $1,000 dollars.
OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry and plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon say this "unfair" and "discriminatory" and call for implementing changes.
Dr. Nita worries about individuals who may not fit into the narrow label of what society deems as "attractive" and how it may affect someone's behavior and engagement in the workplace, noting some may "drawback" and not let their talent shine. She encourages everyone -- regardless of appearance -- to step up and have their voice heard and let their talents be known at their place of employment.
The Doctors note it is also important for all of us to stop making assumptions about others based on their appearance and body.
"If you see someone and make an arbitrary decision about them based on physical attributes, you're wrong. You're not giving that person a fair shake or a fair chance." Dr. Ordon adds.