“As for me, I’m off to the gym with my husband for weight training and a two-mile run. Then I’ll probably eat a veggie salad for dinner so I can keep my body mass index at the low end of the normal range. As these studies demonstrate, thin is in for executive women – although I’d prefer to think of it as “healthy” being in.”
Although a good article, I find Quast’s conclusions in this piece and another similar one problematic. She says, “As for me, I’m off to the gym with my husband … so I can keep my body mass index at the low end of the normal range,” and conform to unrealistic social norms as determined by the BMI.
The key to tackling weight discrimination is not exercise or healthy-eating (although both habits are important in and of themselves); the key is to expose discrimination when it occurs and pressure workplaces to change. We won’t break the glass ceiling with a barbell. I just wish Quast ended her article on a different note.