Skinny Politicians Win More Votes

by Charles Platkin, PhD

Running For Political Office? Lose some weight!

Maybe there is a reason the governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, is trying to shed some pounds before running for president — he’ll get more votes.  A study co-authored by a Michigan State University weight bias expert found that, “When it came to the voting, both male and female candidates — whether obese or simply overweight — got a lower share of the vote total than their more slender opponents.” While past research has found weight discrimination in schools, businesses, entertainment and other facets of American society, this is the first scientific investigation into whether that bias extends to election outcomes, said Mark Roehling, professor of human resources.

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