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Income and Obesity

Obesity is a topic that accompanies many people in their everyday life, as well as it does policymakers, insurance companies and employers alike.

Stigmatization accompanies many of the obese, which finds its outlet within wage inequalities, but also through “health care facilities, educational institutions”, among others, and which can be attributed to stereotyping like laziness or lack of motivation and competence (Puhl & Heuer, 2009, p.
941). There is some evidence that the issue of obesity discrimination
or weight discrimination, often referred to as the “weight penalty” (Caliendo & Gehrsitz, 2016), is an apparent one and especially relevant since, in the case of Germany, “half of German adults are either overweight or obese, with men and women equally likely to be obese” (Katsaiti & Shamsuddin, 2016).