Overweight men face discrimination when shopping and applying for jobs, according to new research published in the Journal of Applied Psychology.
Previous research has looked at weight stigmatization or discrimination toward women, but less so for men.
Enrica Ruggs, assistant professor of psychology and colleagues from Rice University and the University of North Carolina-Charlotte (UNCC), carried out two studies into biases toward heavy men in employment settings to see if men experience some of the same types of issues as women.
In the first study, non-overweight men first applied for jobs at retail stores in the southern US. The same men then applied for jobs at different stores wearing overweight prosthetics.
To investigate reactions to overweight men as consumers, the same men posed as customers and visited other retail stores. In both situations, the “actors” were given scripts to follow closely.