i tried to post this on opinion too but the moderating msg came up so thought i'd try here... Something was said to me yesterday by a person who I respect and value their opinion. Its been on my mind every since and is really bugging me hence why I have come on here to ask other people's opinions (this is a genuine post, I am a regular on tes but have signed with a new log in as people offline know who I am with my normal username). Ok so, a bit of background - I am a supply teacher completed nqt year last year, have applied for 8 jobs and had 6 interviews since and haven't been successful yet, when asking for feedback I've not been given much to go on apart from the first one which said I was very nervous, the others have been that I interviewed well, had a great lesson but there was only one post and they chose the other person. I've been content enough with this as I know how tough the job market is just now. That is until yesterday when this person suggested that the reason I may not be successful in gaining a job is due to my weight. I am 5'3, 15st 10, and size 18.. yes I know its not good for my health etc despite my size I am very active and have recent experience of playing/coaching netball, but its the binge eating sugar/fastfood etc that lets me down (though in school I eat very healthily salads, water, fruit etc.. Its at home when I do it, though that is a whole other post entirely. What I wanted to ask is if you had the choice of two candidates - both equal in terms of experience, qualifications, interview & lesson etc with the only difference being in terms of their weight/ shape. Would you choose the thinner of the two? or would that not even come into your head?... I'm aware of how brutal posters can be on opinion, honest replies/ thoughts/ experience would be most welcome, thanks. on safari so assuming there will be no lovely paragraphs.