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Too Fat To Work: Overweight Woman Has Applied For 850 Jobs

Weight discrimination and Obesity in the Workplace

London, England – Twenty-five-year-old Sam Brattle has never had a job. The chronically unemployed woman has applied for 850 job opportunities and had 50 interviews at bars, offices, child care facilities, and call centers without a single success.

Many jobless individuals have had difficulty finding work in recent years. The shaky, weak global economy makes employers cautious to create new positions and hire, opting instead to absorb the loss of laborers and at times doubling up work for those still employed. Often jobs that are advertised are filled from within a company.

But Brattle feels her situation of rejection is due to discrimination. She assesses her bad luck with not getting hired has to do with being nearly 300 pounds and a size 26, saying she’s just “too fat to work,” according to The Mirror. At five feet four inches tall Brattle’s BMI defines her as severely obese.

“Label me a ‘benefit fatty’. I don’t care, because I’m proud and happy with my size.” Brattle’s been on jobless benefits, receiving a jobseeker’s allowance of £71 a week (close to $108 US), since completing classroom assistant and child-care courses in 2008. Therefore Brattle has no choice but to continue living with her parents.

Brattle primarily blames her excessive weight on hormonal problems and negative comfort eating habits from childhood. Dietitians have assigned her diet and exercise regimes, but Brattle admits she’s never been able to adhere to healthy eating plans.

Instead of making more of an effort to lose the weight Brattle is championing for the rights of overweight people, finding the situation “unfair and wrong.” Negative attitudes applied to the obese should change. She accuses employers of finding any excuse to not hire a big person. Interviews go as far as telling her she has no experience and can’t get a job without it.

Do you think those who are overweight are discriminated against when applying for a job? Do you feel obese people are victims of discrimination?

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37 Responses to “Too Fat To Work: Overweight Woman Has Applied For 850 Jobs”

  1. Judy Maxey

    Yes, I am 40 lbs overweight and I know it's a factor in not getting hired. I am on a diet so I can hopefully get hired, but I am what I am and I need to work, too! YES, overweight people are definitely discriminated against, just like people over 40 or 50 years of age. Combine the two, and it's really scarey!

  2. Deborah Sentney-Hughes

    Yes I do many have good work ethics and know the business but are rarely given a chance to even show what they have one look the employer has already made up his mind that they can not do anything of real help wrong wrong wrong.

  3. Tiffany Sanders

    I know seasoned professionals who have applied for thousands of jobs over the past couple of years without a nibble.

  4. Ronni Lea Pineiro

    My daughter is in the same situation. She has applied for numerous jobs, went on interviews to be turned away. We are certain it is her weight. My daughter is a hard worker,, dependable etc. But folks associate fat with laziness and its not right!

  5. Sharon K. Huff

    EVERY SINGLE SOLITAY DAY OF THE WEEK. THE 12 inch waist and protruding collar bones are the "IN" thing to be. But I for one have fewer colds, less flu outbreaks and less time off of work than the uber-skinny-mini's that are everyone's (males especially) desire. I am NOT saying that there are not issues with being obese, such as heart disease, diabetes, etc. (oh wait! these conditions effect the thin skinny-mini types too, HMMMMM). Anyway given a choice I would be thin too. However, my geneology, my health heritage, and the love of flavorful food has denied this to me. AND DO NOT TALK ABOUT WILLPOWER, I have that have used it in the past however you have to be able to move and even at 150 pounds it was excruciating for me to walk. So Obese I am and Obese Iwill remain until such time as someone figures out how to make the body not hurt to move. Twice fractured back, congital malformation of the hips and legs and the only advice any one gives me is WALK. Try it in my shoes for one day you will shut your mouths with the hatefulness that society tends to spew.

  6. Cindy McGiffert

    Sad to say that its okay to discriminate against overweight women.

  7. Mareline Staub

    Being either very underweight or overweight could have health consequences, just like smoking. So I wouldn't blame an employer for choosing a person with a healthy weight first, providing all the other qualifications are equal.

  8. Denise Dernorsek

    YES! Discrimination against fat people is considered acceptable, even desirable, in our culture.

  9. Matthew Robbins

    Makes sense to me. Wait you're not English. American culture accepts fat people, has no problem feeding and creating more fat people and even promotes, exploits and celebritizes fat people. American culture is a fat culture. But yeah, seems like a good idea. Businesses, organizations and lots of hospitals are starting to test pre-employment for nicotine and give health insurance deductions for people trying to make their lives better. If I had a business I wouldn't want to hire someone over 300 pounds either. There's a plethora of reasons why I think it's ok. Why insure someone with a pre-existing problem? Why have them have a chance at hurting themselves or others in the workplace? No one should be "happy" with their weight of 300 and size of 26. It's unhealthy, it leads to too many health problems that are mostly fatal. And just because they say they are "happy" doesn't mean everyone else should be. A paraplegic is not happy because they can't use their limbs. If they are happy, it's because they overcame it physically and or mentally/emotionally. They are not empowered by their shortcomings, they are empowered by the spirit and will to go beyond them. Saying I am happy with being fat is a cop out, it's the mask worn by someone that has given up and now expects everyone to except this new "beauty" And by the way, I am overweight and have been up and down. I don't want to win Mr. Universe, I just don't want to die a horrible slow and painful death.

  10. Matthew Robbins

    American culture accepts fat people, has no problem feeding and creating more fat people and even promotes, exploits and celebritizes fat people. American culture is a fat culture. But yeah, seems like a good idea. Businesses, organizations and lots of hospitals are starting to test pre-employment for nicotine and give health insurance deductions for people trying to make their lives better. If I had a business I wouldn't want to hire someone over 300 pounds either. There's a plethora of reasons why I think it's ok. Why insure someone with a pre-existing problem? Why have them have a chance at hurting themselves or others in the workplace? No one should be "happy" with their weight of 300 and size of 26. It's unhealthy, it leads to too many health problems that are mostly fatal. And just because they say they are "happy" doesn't mean everyone else should be. A paraplegic is not happy because they can't use their limbs. If they are happy, it's because they overcame it physically and or mentally/emotionally. They are not empowered by their shortcomings, they are empowered by the spirit and will to go beyond them. Saying I am happy with being fat is a cop out, it's the mask worn by someone that has given up and now expects everyone to except this new "beauty" And by the way, I am overweight and have been up and down. I don't want to win Mr. Universe, I just don't want to die a horrible slow and painful death. Also to the people that think skinny women is what is desirable, you are wrong about that too. Healthy is desirable and that's simple biology. Our instincts gravitate us toward healthier people for reasons of procreation. Society and television is actually making overweight and obese people attractive. There's plenty, plenty men that desire big women, but it's called hogging, look it up. Makes me feel bad for these younger women that hardly have self esteem to begin with, then get preyed upon by men just hogging around, resulting in a destruction of true self esteem. You seriously can't see how this is damaging. Do what you can to help yourself. If you can't help yourself because it hurts, God forbid, please don't tell the people who can help themselves to just accept what they are. That's worse than hogging and the celebritizing of this epidemic.

  11. Denise Dernorsek

    If you think American culture accepts fat people then you know absolutely nothing about it. You could not be more wrong.

  12. Kristin Overton

    How can you know that if you don't live here. Why do you think there is so much attention given to those who are overweight? Because they are looked down upon so everyone wants to be skinny. America, in fact, celebrates the size 0 supermodels who are so skinny their ribs have to be airbrushed out of the picture.

  13. Debbie Cornell Balmer

    I went around today and counted over weight people working and in our area there is more of them than skinny people ….

  14. Amy Jones

    I have struggled with this all my life. The general assumption is the overwight people are lazy and slobs. It isn't true. I work out regularly with a trainer and I strong and healthy. But I still fight the lazy idea. On a regular basis

  15. Matthew Robbins

    Are you serious? I have lived in America all my 35 years of life. Almost 7 of them has been in Michigan. Michigan ranked #5 in that fattest states of America at 31.3% of it's residents being overweight. My comment about America was for the last person who posted here. America is ranked #1 in the developed world with a little over a third of it's citizens being overweight. Let's get one thing straight before I get into my rant and because most people will only read the first few sentences of what I am posting anyway. Not being overweight DOES NOT mean that the alternative is being a sickly, grotesquely skinny 00 wearing uber supermodel. I don't believe anyone truly believes being 5 foot 11 at 95 pounds is hot. The reason for models are like that is to showcase fashion. In the fashion industry it's what is referred to as "draping effect" and is only by choice of the designer. This is to maintain the natural effect of the clothing. Anyone that truly believes this figure of the body is true perfection is either insane and has a disorder of some sorts or is a complete idiot. Having that type of frame is a job requirement turned workplace hazard. If an aspiring model attempts this, it's because they know they have a chance at high end fashion designers. The good thing is that magazines like Vogue and such are forming a global pact to ban models that are too thin. America does not "in fact" celebrate this. Most designers aren't even American anyway nor should the few from America that practice this effect should be considered the authority and consensus on the way we NORMAL people take care of ourselves. Anyway, my whole issue with this is that people within the overweight community tries to tell others that are struggling to better themselves to just give up and be this happy "big and beautiful" women. Men do not do this to each other, no fat guy says I am a BBM. The obesity rate in America is over 35% while the overweight rates is a staggering 70%, 30 years ago it was 50%. There are 15.5 million people here that are SEVERELY obese. People with a BMI greater than or equal to 30 is now more than 78 million. So if the fashion industry had such a huge impact on creating super thin people, they are failing miserably or someone believes their own lies. The industries that you need to worry about are easy faster food makers, anything that turns recreation into sitting on the couch at home (entertainment/TV) and any big business that replaces QUALITY of life with QUANTITY of stagnation. If you open your eyes and think just a little, you will see how many industries actually need people to be lazy and contributes to keep you that way. Again, there's this surge of overweight people that claim this is some sort of gift that entitles them to brainwash others into thinking this is you and be happy with it. Let's say 1 out of every 4 overweight people are "happy" and just gave up trying to get healthy, that's 19.5 million people that are telling others, not just the other 58.5 million overweight people, but ones on their way like children, that it's ok and stop trying. This is the most harmful "industry" to people like that. Just because they are fine with it and feel fine, does not mean that others should suffer, possibly developing fatal conditions such as diabetes, heart disorders as well as many more health issues and of course hoarding. So yes, we do live in a culture, in America, that not just creates and celebritizes the overweight, but even relies on the overweight.

  16. Jamie Creason Reed

    I disagree. I'm a size 18 age 25, and in the periods I have been unemployed as long as I've been actively trying have never had a problem with finding a job. Yes in some situations this could be true, but most definitely NOT always. Some people aren't going to like this but…A lot to do with if you get the job or not is how you dress and conduct yourself! Not your weight!

  17. Rachel Fradye

    Judy….i knew this couldn't be you; you were never overweight when I knew you but I am not surprised that you sympathize with those who are. Remember me…Robin?

  18. Bianca Anna

    Remove hamburgers from the beak, you are not 'overweight' you are a whale, a morbidly obese person who will die 15 years prematurely and who will 25 years before death experience a range of diseases. Do yourself a favor, start dieting right away.

  19. Vesna Vorih Vaillant

    But she is proud and happy with jer size….hahaja! And she receives unemployment benefits….wow!

  20. Bianca Anna

    Vesna Vorih Vaillant I really feel bad to be judgmental about weight, after all I could lose some, but I am not advising anything that I did not do. After my injury a few years back my weight mushroomed to 220 lbs. To je 100 kila (165 cm). And injury only got worse, people treated me poorly so I could be a cry baby or remove hamburgers from my beak. I am now 160 but I still have a way to go. Good for her that she is happy about her weight but she should not be just as she should not be happy to have cancer.