"We were interested in looking at biases toward men who are heavy in employment settings," said one of the researchers Enrica Ruggs from University of North Carolina, Charlotte (UNCC) in the US.

The research involved two studies. In the first study, non-overweight men applied for jobs at retail stores and the same men applied at different stores wearing overweight prosthetics.

The researchers also wanted to investigate if overweight men would be subjected to discrimination as customers, so the same men posed as customers and visited other retail stores.

They found that when the men applied for jobs or were shopping as customers in their overweight prosthetics, they experienced more types of subtle discrimination, or what the researchers call 'interpersonal discrimination'.

The findings suggest that men who are heavy are experiencing really negative behaviours more often than men who are not heavy. The researchers also looked into the situation where male retail employee was overweight.

This study too found the same types of subtle discrimination was taking place, this time with the customer being the discriminator.

The study was published in the journal of Applied Psychology.

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