What a great blog by BOSS61: "Extra Pounds Undermine Perception of Business Acumen?"
He's riffing on a recent Wall Street Journal article which says they do -- and that no CEO of a top Fortune 500 is overweight.
Here's that link too:
So: BOSS61 asks, is that fact or fiction?
You might enjoy the Fatloser.com program (free) with Steve Siebold: he addresses this issue with great and unusual frankness. But: he's one of the few. (Also addresses that other obesity "taboo topic" . . .)
In my personal experience -- I get a lot more respect in the business/professional realm at 140 size 6-8 than I ever did at 230 size 18-20. People want the business/professional leader upon whom they are relying to be self-disciplined and that may be reasonable. And now I look more self-disciplined. Unfair? Maybe not. I AM more self-disciplined than I was (although it's an ongoing struggle!!)
I blogged on this topic once and offended a lot of people . . . and I won't be blogging on the other obesity taboo topic!!
There's so much "shame and blame" attached to being overweight . . . and it's "so unfair" to discriminate against those who are overweight . . . that we don't talk about this: except to say, people should not discriminate against the obese. And they should not.
For a long time, I tried to persuade myself that "not caring" about my weight was a kind of signal that I was a serious and committed and non-frivolous professional type!! But it doesn't work that way.
Because (sad reality): many many people do discriminate against the overweight business/professional person. Assume that if they aren't controlling their own food intake, they won't control their time lines to get the work done and delivered efficiently, effectively and economically. Even people who are not necessarily the slimmest themselves may discriminate . . . .
One of the biggest motivators for me in keeping my weight off? Yeah. Acceptance that obesity discrimination is particularly active in the business/professional arena where self-discipline is most highly valued does help me to stay lean, because I know staying lean helps me to appear more self-disciplined. Fair? Maybe not. But it does. And it also, then, in turn helps me feel more self-confident: I know that I'm being perceived to be more self-disciplined when I'm lean. (Plus: on a more frivolous note, my business clothes keep on fitting!!).
I hesitate to blog on this topic for fear of seeming "self congratulatory" or indifferent to discrimination against others. I am neither. Maintaining weight loss is a huge battle for me. But I can myself resist discriminating against others who aren't dealing with the obesity issue AND recognize, pragmatically, that the reality of discrimination against the obese in business/professional circles can be another motivator helping me maintain.