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Bosses are more likely to reject overweight job applicants because they worry they'd be too lazy, a new study of hiring habits has revealed.

Obese job-seekers have an 83 per cent lower chance of being hired compared to slim or average-sized people, says the study, carried out by Sweden's Employment Ministry.

And small firms are even less likely to recruit overweight or older applicants or those with health problems.

Employment expert Professor Per Johansson - one of the authors of the study - explained: "We interpret the results as if employers believe all people who are overweight are less productive."

One boss told the report: "My experience has been that overweight people often can't handle working at the pace I demand of myself and my co-workers."

"It can be seen as unfair, but hiring the wrong person can be fatal for a small business.

"My feeling is that really fat people, I mean guys who weigh 120 kilos, often perform worse and often have worse health than skinny people," he added.

One victim of the policy told the report she only found work when she went on a crash diet to lose 55 kilos.

"When I was heavier people treated me as if I was less intelligent," said Kicki Randmael.

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