Business Diary: Fat boys top the pay scales

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It seems that fat is fantastic in the workplace, but (as is all too often the case) only if you're a man.

The University of Florida has found that if you want to rise up the wage scale as a man, the best the way to do it is by rising up the real scales. In fact "skinny" men are paid on average $8,000 (£5,000) less than those of normal weight, with salary levels continuing to increase with the poundage. For women (as ever), the reverse is true: extremely thin women, those weighing 25 pounds less than the workplace norm, on average, earn about $15,000 (£9,400) more per year than women of average weight.

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