Perceived Racial Discrimination in the Workplace and Body Weight among the Unemployed
School of Business
This study investigates the association between body weight and the likelihood that people perceive that they have been the victims of racial discrimination in the workplace among the unemployed. I find that unemployed obese men and women are 8.4 percentage points and 7.7 percentage points, respectively, more likely to have experienced racial discrimination before becoming unemployed than their non-obese counterparts. For unemployed men, the relationship between body weight and perceived racial discrimination does not seem to be associated with race. For unemployed women, being black and obese significantly increases the likelihood of perceiving racial discrimination.
Kuroki, M. (2017). Perceived racial discrimination in the workplace and body weight among the unemployed. Biodemography and Social Biology, 63(4): 324-331. DOI: 10.1080/19485565.2017.1403303