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9/29/16, Fortune, Donald Trump’s Fat Shaming Reflects Weight-Based Prejudice in the Workplace, by Kristen Bahler

Implicit bias keeps overweight women from advancing at the same pace as their coworkers, says Linda Bacon, PhD, a health professor at the City College of San Francisco and author of the book Body Respect. “A lot of judgments happen,” she says. “There’s this assumption that they’re lazy, they lack character or willpower.” Those assumptions are wrong, she says, but they give thinner people an advantage when it comes to promotions. “Often, when two people are in the same position, with the same experience, the thinner one gets the raise,” she says.

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