Friday, September 30, 2011

IRCPPS in the Links: Does Appearance Matter? Assessing US Male Political Candidate's Weight vs. Their Political Success

In a Monkey Cage blog post, John Sides rips up an article by Michael Kinsley that posits Chris Christie won't be a successful candidate because he is too obese:
It’s because he prefers to toss off some musings instead of just reading some political science.  Here again is my post from three weeks ago.  And here is the paper it discussed, by Beth Miller, Jennifer Lundgren, Diane Filion, and Lauren Thompson.  In their study, obese male candidates were actually evaluated MORE POSITIVELY than non-obese male candidates.  This is hardly the last word on the subject, but, you know, it seems relevant.  Maybe Beth Miller and colleagues deserve a Bloomberg column.