The authors did find common challenges that could lead both people genetically predisposed to be shorter and heavier to earn less, regardless of gender.
Using genes to look at this issue gives less room for observational bias, the authors argue.“That’s why we think this is such a good test,” said co-author Timothy Frayling, a professor of molecular genetics at the University of Exeter Medical School. Short men do tend to get the, well, short end of the stick, as do overweight women. presidents is 5 feet 11 inches tall (average height for men in the United States is a little over 5 feet 9 and a half inches).Taller men get hired or promoted more into business leadership roles, some studies have shown. And short men seem to need a lot more positive attributes compared to tall men if they want to get picked for dating. This phenomenon has been documented in the past, but earlier studies used mostly observational data. — Men who have more genetic variants that would make them short, and women who have more genetic variants that would lead them to have a higher body mass index, tend to earn less money, according to a study published in BMJ.
What’s different about this study is that it looks at a person’s genetic predisposition for height and weight.
That means there are no broader environmental factors at play here.
Poorer people, on average, tend to have poorer childhood nutrition, which can stunt growth and may lead to obesity. The authors came to this conclusion looking at the genetic data of 119,669 women and men of white British ancestry, between the ages of 37 and 73, who are a part of the UK Biobank, a large group of people who have volunteered to be studied for the sake of science. There was no real household income difference between short and tall women.
Looking at the genetic variants that suggest the person would be tall or short, regardless of nutrition or environment, the men with the genes that will likely lead them to be tall, have about £2,940 (about ,175) higher annual household income. For women, where the income difference did show up was with their weight.
Women with genes that will predispose them to have a higher BMI had annual household incomes that were about £1,890 less (about ,684).
Interestingly, with the men, genes for carrying more weight didn’t seem to much influence their salary.