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to ask if you think being fat is a disadvantage in job interviews?

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AteRiri Wed 17-May-17 22:09:04

Especially in corporate world? Just curious.

Also, before anyone suspects fat shaming, I'm a 16 myself. So really curious as I am doing the rounds of graduate job interviews currently.

KC225 Wed 17-May-17 22:12:16


Mum2jenny Wed 17-May-17 22:13:00


kalinkafoxtrot45 Wed 17-May-17 22:13:59

I interview people all the time and don't give it a second thought.

PookieDo Wed 17-May-17 22:14:30

Not if they are well presented and a suitable candidate for the job. If it was a manual role and being overweight would be detrimental to both their health and the company then yes it would be an issue.
I suppose it would also depend on whether their weight gave them mobility problems which might be an issue for some roles too but if it isn't then they should be treated like other candidates but I am quite sure it's like many things in life - people get discriminated against for a lot of things and this is probably one of them as people may assume someone is unhealthy

Sammysquiz Wed 17-May-17 22:15:07


ThisIsStartingToBoreMe Wed 17-May-17 22:15:38


TheShapeofYou Wed 17-May-17 22:16:23


Revenant Wed 17-May-17 22:16:24


ThisIsStartingToBoreMe Wed 17-May-17 22:16:39

I've had weight loss surgery and the difference is astounding, I've witnessed it first hand. People are so shallow it's ugly.

intergalacticbrexitdisco Wed 17-May-17 22:16:45

If it's for a Slimming World instructor or a personal trainer, probably!

NapQueen Wed 17-May-17 22:16:55

Im fat. I got a call 45 mins after my interview saying I was hired. Ive since found out they had a fair few interviews, so could have chosen someone else.

AtHomeDadGlos Wed 17-May-17 22:17:22

Depends how fat surely. A little extra weight probably not a problem. Obese/morbidly obese? Yes, that would be a problem.

ThatsWotSheSaid Wed 17-May-17 22:17:50


SensitiveSoinSo Wed 17-May-17 22:18:05

Probably. Fst people are looked down on in general in every other aspect of life. I would expect employment to be the same.

Didyoumeantobesorude1 Wed 17-May-17 22:18:20

Yes, unfortunately. It shouldn't be so but it is.

GoldilocksAndTheThreePears Wed 17-May-17 22:18:22

Yup. People assumed I couldn't run around with kids (former nanny) but I did, I walked miles for school runs, ran around parks. Rolled around on the floor with the kids while some skinny nannies I knew sat and played on their phones grin

Sarasue1967 Wed 17-May-17 22:18:25

Yes, and so it should be. I wouldn't employ someone who was fat. Shows a lack of self discipline and laziness

Wastinmylifeaway Wed 17-May-17 22:18:59

Doesn't even register with me
Can ou do the job (well)? Do you model the behaviours I'm after?

Alexandra87 Wed 17-May-17 22:19:00

Yes I would think it gave the impression that someone was lazy and also more likely to suffer health problems (I say this as somebody who is obese)
So I think if everything else other than weight was the same for 2 candidates but one was slim and one obese most would choose the slim person

tellitlikeitispls Wed 17-May-17 22:19:30

Yes. I don't think folk conciously treat you differently, but they do.

intergalacticbrexitdisco Wed 17-May-17 22:20:02

No, it doesn't, Sarasue. It can show physical problems that are nothing to do with laziness, such as thyroid issues or antidepressants.

Karlakitten1 Wed 17-May-17 22:20:13

Can't believe people are saying yes. What a shit world this is. 16 is not big, please be proud of your hard work!!! Your image does not define you! Yes, look smart and speak well, sell yourself in terms of your skills, but don't feel pressure to be a certain size.

pieceofpurplesky Wed 17-May-17 22:20:21

Sarasue how shallow you are. And how misguided.

JigglyTuff Wed 17-May-17 22:21:10

Yes absolutely. Sarasue has just demonstrated perfectly what some people think about fat people.

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