Overweight Women Earn Less, While Heavier Men Make MoreMargaret Hartmann5/23/11 11:15pmFiled to: Weighty IssuesOverweight salaryOverweight jobOverweight women earningsshutterstock165EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkRecent studies show that women who are overweight tend to make less and are more likely to be unemployed, while men don't suffer the same penalties. LiveScience has a thoughtful and sensitive response to this disparity: Shape up, fatties.AdvertisementA recent study conducted in Iceland found there's a slightly negative correlation between the weight and employment rate of women, and a slightly positive correlation for men. The research was conducted in Iceland because a World Economic Forum study found it's the country with the greatest gender equality. The U.S. ranked 31st in that study, so the situation may be even worse in America.University of Michigan professor Edward Norton, who conducted a similar 2009 study on weight and employment, said, "There does seem to be a penalty for women." He added that heavier women "seem to be paid less," but, "If anything, larger men were paid more." This is supported by research conducted last year by the University of Florida. That study found that compared to average weight women, those who weighed 25 pounds less made about $15,572 more, and women who weighed 25 pounds more made $13,847 less.