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Short? Overweight? Your size could make you poorer

Your size and shape could have an impact on your status and bank balance, according to a new study by the U.K.'s University of Exeter.

Using genetic data scientists have found that taller men and slimmer women earn more than those who are shorter and overweight. The study was aimed at finding out whether the way you look could influence your chances in life.

"We found that in men, you are worse off if you are a bit shorter, as measured by genetics. And in women we found that you are a bit worse off if you are fatter, as measured by genetics," Tim Frayling, a professor of human genetics at the university, said in a statement accompanying the paper.


119,669 men and women of British ancestry, aged between 37 and 73 years, took part on the study which was published on Wednesday morning. The implications were that a woman, with the same intellect but a stone heavier, would be about £1,500 ($2,134) worse off per year.

Meanwhile, a man that was 5 feet 7 inches tall - rather than 5 feet 10 inches tall - would be about £1,500 worse off per year, according to the paper.

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"(It shows) the strongest level of evidence that there is a causal effect that simply something about being a bit fatter as a women or being a bit shorter as a man lowers your chances in life," Frayling added.

"That's not something we really knew with any concrete evidence before."

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