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Research from Michael Kofoed, a doctoral student in economics at Terry, is discussed in a Red & Black article about weight discrimination in the job market. 

“I have taught employment workshops and I will say, look in the mirror and ask yourself: ‘Am I someone that I would want to hire?’” Kofed said.

“What I have found in the United States is that there is a negative penalty for being obese." 

Kofoed's research examines the relationship between weight and work. As insurance becomes more important to companies, employee's weight can be seen less as a personal choice and more as a professional liability, the article says.

“Your health is going to determine your productivity in the labor market, which in turn is going to determine your wage outcomes,” Kofoed said. 

The full article is available online.