What do you see in the mirror when you hop in the shower? Chances are you’ve added a little here and a little there over the years and have grown accustomed to the mass reflected in the looking glass.
You need to put yourself in a perspective employer’s chair – what do they see?
A recent study revealed that 2% of job seeking participants considered themselves obese while 26% of those surveyed actually met or exceeded the body mass index criteria for obesity. As we have become a ‘super-sized’ culture we grow more comfortable with our girth and bulges.
Why you may not be clear on the definition of “obese” you can rest assured that employers are.
Why does this matter?
Because obesity is the next “smoking” and employers are keenly aware of the additional costs associated with obese employees. Among those:
* Obese employees file twice as many workers comp claims
* Obese employees have seven times higher medical cost
* Obese employees rack up more lost work days than non-obese employees
There are protections in place for the morbidly obese under the American’s with Disabilities Act but there are many “work-arounds” for employers and in today’s competitive job market there are plenty of qualified candidates available to camouflage an employers decision to pass on an obese job seeker.
That means that no matter how impressive your resume, skills and work experience, your prospective employer may be so distracted by your appearance that he doesn’t even see it.
So, what to do?
Of course the first fix is cosmetic. Do your clothes fit properly, at least your “interview uniform”? The only thing worse than being large is wearing clothes that draw attention to that fact. Strained buttons, stretched sleeves, rolled waist bands, etc. are all visually distracting like the sliver of parsley stuck to your date’s tooth.
Along that line, are your fashion choices “large appropriate”? You must accept the fact you may not be able to wear some of the styles that find their way to advertising spreads without highlighting your size.
Addressing wardrobe is still just treating the symptom and not the problem. Next you need to get serious about making the changes necessary to reshape yourself.
70% of all chronic disease, including obesity, is a result of nutritional choices. To be clear, that means only 30% of people are likely to have a legitimate medical reason (notice I didn’t say “excuse”) and that isn’t to say that you can get substantial results by addressing nutrition even if you are in that category.
There are a number of alternatives for weight management, from diet pills to surgery, but there is only one method that gets immediate results while at the same time building habits for the future that support lasting change:
Meal Replacement Shakes
The biggest challenge facing anyone who wishes to lose weight is getting enough nutrition within the limited calories they need to consume if they are going to have timely and measurable results. Most diets leave the individual tired and the mediocre nutrition manifests in lost muscle mass and reduced bone density. Those are all serious concerns but the last thing you want to be in a new job is tired!
Getting complete nutrition is a challenge under the best conditions and When you start reducing caloric intake the odds of short-changing your nutrition work against you.
Available since the late 70′s, meal replacement shakes have helped hundreds of millions of people around the world to effectively lose weight and maintain an ideal weight longer than any other method. Nothing beats them for simplicity, convenience or the ability to pack so much nutrition into so few calories.
Most baby boomers remember Carnation Instant Breakfast and the more ubiquitous Slim-Fast is an iconic contemporary brand. This retail product comes in a can just like your favorite soft drink and it, or one of it’s knock-off cousins, can be purchased by the case and stored just about anywhere for just about forever. Shakes are easily the best tasting meal replacements you can get.
Meal replacement shakes offer an amazing flexibility. From the ‘pop and drink’ options that you can open and down with barely a thought to the mix and drink formulas to which you can add favorite fruits, additional protein or extra fiber, you can have variety and simple tunability that can’t be achieved with any other method.
Premium meal replacement shakes, which are usually sold though independent distributors of specialized health and wellness companies, offer other advantages as well.
First of all, these products are generally backed by higher quality science and production controls than what you buy at a big-box wholesale club or chain store.
They are usually accompanied with targeted supplements to achieve specific nutritional goals and include one on one coaching by the trained distributors. One of the biggest obstacles to effective and lasting weight loss is accountability and motivation. Having your very own coach dramatically increases your chance for success.
And best of all, they are incredibly affordable. In most cases the most deluxe and complete programs cost less on a daily basis than the usual trip to your favorite espresso bar or fast food drive-thru.
You will need to address your weight just as you’d address any other gap or deficiency on your resume. Tackling the problem head on with a declaration to the interviewer that you are working on your nutrition and have seen great progress toward your long term goal will go a long way to assuage their silent concerns.
You can argue until your blue in the face about whether it’s fair, or even legal, but discrimination against overweight, obese and morbidly obese people is real and growing.
About the Author
Tom Bradley is a Personal Wellness Coach who offers Free coaching to anyone who wants to improve quality of life through nutrition.
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