Male engineers not so blessed with height and female engineers with excess weight problems now have a lot more to prove these days, after a genetics-based research from University of Exeter in the UK revealed that their kinds make lesser money than the rest.
The researchers used genetic information of 120,000 participants aged 40 to 70 from the UK Biobank. The varying genetics, together with actual data of the participants’ height, weight, and their financial statuses, were assessed to find relationships.
With only genetics in consideration, it was found that a man who is approximately 3 inches shorter than someone else would make on average $1,900 less a year than his taller competition. The same is true for a woman who is 14 pounds heavier than her female counterpart, which would earn on average $1,900 less a year than the lighter female of comparable height.
Source: E! Online
Jessica Tyrrell, one of the researchers, shared, “Because we used genetics and 120,000 people, this is the strongest evidence to date that there’s something about being shorter as a man and having a higher BMI as a woman that leads to being less well-off financially.”
The level of superficiality in this study is high, but this is genetics talking. It’s up for the engineers having shorter height in men and a higher body mass index in women to show that regardless of size, they still get a lucrative pay.