Over the years I've had the pleasure of knowing many very smart well educated fat women. They've all had decent jobs so it could be argued that they were given a chance to succeed and did so. However, when you look closer they weren't really given a full and fair chance.It can be, but it hasn't always been for everybody.....and the way for that to lessen is for fat people to succeed when given a chance, and show that they can do so.
Many many fat people (especially fat women) are trapped in what I'll call the back office ghetto. Some examples from my personal experience:
-- A 320 pound woman with a degree from a major university who made 60K as an investigator on the trading floor of a major bank (think stage coach). A decent job for sure but the salary was a pittance compared to what traders were making. She had the credentials and smarts to be a trader. But they were not about to let a fat chick into their club.
-- A 340 pound woman who graduated with honors from a major law school. Based on her outstanding academic credentials she interviewed with multiple large firms -- but none offered her a job (although they hired less accomplished but thinner classmates). The only job she was offered was with a small firm that does real estate closings and divorces.
-- A 360 pound woman who was very smart with great social skills working for a Fortune 500 telecommunications company. She was a call center supervisor making 75K. Again a good but not great job. WLS, 200 pound weight loss, and 30K in cosmetic surgery and she's was promoted to human recourses VP making well into six figures.
-- A 210 pound woman (only 5'1") who works as an accountant for a large mutual fund doing boring back office work for 70K. She always had stellar performance reviews year after year but somehow never got promoted to management.
-- And my wife, when she weighed over 400 pounds (max 522) she also always got great performance reviews. She was given ever increasing responsibility (she had spending authority on large projects greater than coworkers making more than twice as much). She was shoehorned into what was called a "coordinator" position -- basically a management position without the pay or recognition. Like my friend described above, major weight loss (down to 175) was quickly followed by promotion to actual management.
This pattern is so common that the only reasonable conclusion to be drawn is that being fat significantly impacts career advancement.