Is being overweight bad for a woman's...legal status?
A Yale study being reported
by New York Magazine
found that men participating in an experiment akin to a mock-trial were more likely to judge overweight women - but not overweight men - guilty of a hypothetical crime than their thinner counterparts. Presented with pictures of women accused in a phony case of fraudulent check-passing, men, and thin men especially, selected the obese women pictured as more likely to have committed the potential felony.
Researcher Dr. Natasha Schvey suggests that the men involved in the study are basing their assumption of guilt on the idea that obese women are "greedy" and selfish. Not only that, but they're thought to come from poorer backgrounds than overweight men (for some reason), which could contribute to perceived criminality.
Whatever the reason for the bias, it certainly won't be helped by the release of this film
Via New York Magazine