Update: Skinny women make more money

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Surprise! Thin women make more money than their heavier counterparts. In a study examining over eleven thousand German women and twelve thousand American women, the thinnest women (and not just thin, but twenty-five pounds less than the weight average) made a significantly higher income:

….very thin women, weighing 25 pounds less than the group norm, earned an average $15,572 a year more than women of normal weight. Women continued to experience a pay penalty as their weight increased above average levels, although a smaller one — presumably because they had already violated social norms for the ideal female appearance. A woman who gained 25 pounds above the average weight earned an average $13,847 less than an average-weight female.

Less surprisingly, skinny men were found to make less than heavier men, who are "consistently rewarded for getting heavier, a trend that tapered off only when their weight hit the obese level. In one study, the highest pay point, on average, was reached for guys who weighed a strapping 207 pounds." (See: Alec Baldwin roles.)