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June 14th, 2011
05:44 AM ET

Question of the Day: Do size and success go hand in hand?

According to a study in the Journal of Applied Psychology, women who are 25 pounds below the average female weight take home over 15 thousand dollars more a year than other women, while men who are 25 pounds below the average male weight take home about 84 hundred dollars a year less than other men. When it comes to making money, apparently size matters!

Our Question of the Day: Do size and success go hand in hand?

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  1. Al Andrews

    I take it then that Kiran is making a fortune?

    June 14, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
  2. charles mazaira sotelo

    of course size makes a difference to a bottom line! add color and see how that effects that bottom line. hypocrisy is alive and well eh!!

    June 14, 2011 at 9:04 am |
  3. Michael Gowan

    It is a matter of respect. I have a hard time respecting someone who has no self respect. Overweight people usually have problems in that area. Their weight is just a symptom of much deeper problems.

    June 14, 2011 at 8:48 am |
  4. yuri

    I'm sure it's all true. On any given day, people no better than you will judge you. Guaranteed.
    Even better; try being white, male and over 50. Now that's a perfect formula for being under-employed or unemployed in today's economy.

    June 14, 2011 at 8:33 am |
  5. Elie Track

    Folks, just look at your line-up! Keira and Christine: svelt. Allie: stout. Success. I rest my case!

    June 14, 2011 at 8:23 am |
  6. Kronic Life

    This is news?? "Thin" is still part of "You can never be too rich or too thin", isn't it? Or has it changed to "You can never be too smart, caring or qualified" while I wasn't paying attention?
    So many overweight women are viewed as lazy and/or stupid (certainly as 'undiscipilined'), and are easy fodder for rude jokes (for thin women and men of any size to laugh at).

    I've been both thin and fat... and life was a whole heck of a lot easier – andfriendlier – when I was thin.

    (Disease and Corticosteroids change everything :-/)

    June 14, 2011 at 8:17 am |
  7. jah

    i wouldnt say that its the x-factor. But if you take care of yourself healthwise, you feel better physically, & mentally, thus performing better in the workplace which would potentially create a higher rate for success.

    June 14, 2011 at 7:59 am |
  8. Edgar P

    I agree with the previous comment that our society is sexist in that most "good" looking folks are in the various media i.e. movies, news and TV...thus they probably make more $ than average looking folks. If you look at the news, both national and local, most women are younger looking than their male counterparts plus women newsfolks' turnover seem to be higher. On the flipside, men newscasters are older and seem to have low turnover. Do women newscasters have the same hairdresser? They all seem to have the same hairdo.

    June 14, 2011 at 7:44 am |
  9. Nate

    On the professional side, it's my experience that heavier guys are more successful because of the amount of work they do. Eating with colleagues or clients at restaurants for lunch and/or dinner can really take a toll and leave no time for exercise. I also believe that ladies are typically more disciplined with food and are less likely to eat when under heavy amounts of stress. But it does stand to reason that the more time spent at the office or with clients (networking) will increase your income.

    June 14, 2011 at 7:34 am |
  10. paul

    This is old news, pretty sexy girls earm more than less attractive women and taller men earn more than shorter men. Its been this way since caveman days, get a clue.

    June 14, 2011 at 7:29 am |
  11. Barret

    I think this is a classic case of confusing correlation with causality. By that same logic could you induce that the roster crowing raises the sun.

    June 14, 2011 at 7:26 am |
  12. christopher spain

    all people should be paid equally!is it fair that sports players and movie stars make more than doctors and teachers or even our troops?someday we wont have teachers to teach our children but hey its ok they will still be able to watch the N.F.L.!I AM RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT IN 2016.

    June 14, 2011 at 7:21 am |
  13. Phil

    I guess you would have to ask Congressman Weiner if this is true.........

    June 14, 2011 at 7:19 am |
  14. christopher spain

    republicans are talking about obama not creating enough jobs.i have an idea!have all unemployed americans build pipelines from the states that usually flood to the states that usually have extreme wildfires and make sprinkler systems similar to ones used at golf coarses.seems like common sense to me!

    June 14, 2011 at 7:13 am |
  15. Wolf

    I believe some are looking at this backward. The salary isn't because of the weight, the weight is because of the salary. Successful women usually have the drive, time and resources to maintain a fit, healthy lifestyle. As for successful men, the more money they have, the more decandent their lifestyle and the less they feel they need to be in shape to impress people.

    June 14, 2011 at 7:10 am |
  16. Joe

    It's mixture of narcissism and Social Darwinism.

    We reward the characteristics in others that we want to reinforce in ourselves.

    Those characteristics flourish and become dominant, reinforcing themselves.

    And so, the cycles continues.

    Jersey City, New Jersey

    June 14, 2011 at 7:05 am |
  17. Jeff N

    past studies have shown taller men make more. 15% taller men should be %15 heavier

    June 14, 2011 at 7:02 am |
  18. Debra

    The connection between weight and success probably has to do with personality and drive. The same person who works out (skinnier for women, muscular for men) is the same person who is determined in business. Maybe?!?

    June 14, 2011 at 7:01 am |
  19. Mary Fitz

    In regard to the size and success study. One might consider the fact that women who have more testosterone tend to be thinner–especially as they age. Perhaps the correlation has more to do with hormones than "attractiveness" and that women with more testosterone are more driven.
    As for the male might ask if the men in the survey were indeed overweight or if they were muscular.

    June 14, 2011 at 7:00 am |
  20. Shane Chamblee

    I've put on a few extra pounds in the past couple of years. Where's my money?

    June 14, 2011 at 6:59 am |
  21. Natalie Hartman Whitnack

    What does weight have to do with it? Check out two of the most powerful people in the world...for the men, Barack Obama is a slim man who has, like Oprah, become recognized not for their size, but for the exceptional abilities. Forget the size of a man or woman, rather what they contribute to by their presence.

    June 14, 2011 at 6:32 am |
  22. It is too early to be awake

    More proof of sexism in the workplace. Women lose 25 pounds and make 15,000 while men would have to gain 50 pounds to get paid about the same.

    June 14, 2011 at 6:27 am |
  23. Geetanjali

    They definitely do! Women are rewarded for being eye candy's and Guys for being, well, GUYS!

    June 14, 2011 at 6:24 am |
  24. Ron J

    Ask John Holmes

    June 14, 2011 at 6:23 am |