Shorter men, heavier women earn less than their colleagues

| | March 11, 2016
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Taller men and slimmer women earn more than those who are shorter and overweight, scientists say.

Researchers who have studied the genetics of people who are short or overweight have found that they earn less than their taller and slimmer colleagues.

Studies have previously shown a link between height, BMI and socioeconomic status, with research suggesting that higher levels of poverty could lead to a shorter stature and higher BMI, possibly as a result of factors such as a poorer diet.

However, until now, it was not clear if the reverse effect was also true – that height and BMI could themselves influence outcomes such as income, job prospects and education levels.

Now researchers from Exeter University have revealed that for every 2.5 inches in height resulting purely from a man’s genetics, his annual income increases by nearly £1600. When a woman, however, has a genetically predicted weight that is two stone heavier than another woman of the same height, she is set to lose out on nearly £3000 in annual income.

“This is the strongest evidence by far that there is a causal link from being a bit overweight as a women, being a bit shorter as man, to doing worse in life,” says Professor Timothy Frayling of Exeter University, who co-authored the paper.

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