WSJ suggests ‘slimmed-down workers’ receive MORE than heavier coworkers

In a “body positive” world in which obese stars such as Lizzo are held up as examples of feminine beauty, a new report from The Wall Street Journal claims that “slimmed-down workers” are noting boosts not just in their confidence, but in their chosen careers.

According to the WSJ, “Weight bias in the workplace is well documented, with studies showing that people with obesity are paid and promoted less on average than trimmer colleagues.”

“It’s unfortunate, but people treat you differently,” Tynan Phelan, a recruiter in the cannabis industry, told The Journal.

Phelan took up exercise and dropped 70 pounds, down to 200 pounds from 270.

Prior to the weight loss, Phelan said he was the “sad, sweaty guy in a corner” at the networking events he attends for work.

“Now he says people approach him warmly and, though he can’t prove it, he believes his new look and confidence have helped him land executive-search contracts he might have lost before,” The Journal reports.

Adopting a wellness routine and losing weight has added to workers’ self-esteem, energy levels, and confidence, and, fair or not, to the impression they make in the workplace.

Committing to a wellness routine “shows they are diligent and have time-management skills that can translate to business,” some told The Journal.

Following the acquisition of his company by a Danish firm, Jared Brubaker, “a father of seven and chief operating officer of MCP USA, a plastics manufacturer in Indiana,” got serious about getting fit and joined a whole network of execs who exercise together.

“People who’ve watched the transition see the discipline,” Brubaker told The Journal. “They’ve seen you do something drastic, something that maybe they would love to do in their own life. It does change people’s view of you.”

“He is now starting a leadership-coaching business on the side, partly on the premise that being in shape adds to his credibility as someone who can manage many priorities,” according to the outlet, which states, “In the age of Ozempic, when weight loss feels more attainable than ever for many Americans, the benefits might not be limited to a number on the scale.”

It is one of many articles The Wall Street Journal has done in recent weeks touting the success of weight loss drugs:


“Until now, long-term weight reduction has been impossible for the most of people,” The Journal reported on December 15. “Now we know it wasn’t about willpower.”

The new drugs, the article stated, “help people lose weight and not regain it, provided patients stay on the medicine and can tolerate the side effects.”

“That’s a life-changer,” the outlet added.


With respect to success in the workplace, public-speaking coach Maria Malik, who is in the process of losing 25 extra pandemic pounds, says people are responding to her differently.

“As much as we don’t want to admit it, people do judge you when they see you for the first time,” Malik told The Journal. “The more I’m working out, the more my business is succeeding.”

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