No, I don’t usually write about politics here, but I am absolutely obsessed with the American presidential election. I can’t even tell you how many times a day I check FiveThirtyEight; it’s a sickness. So when I found an article about fat people and the election, I made a beeline for my web browser so I could tell you about it.
You see, it turns out there might be a correlation between fat voters and voters who favor Republican candidate John McCain. (Be warned that the article has its fair share of OMG FAT AMERICANS subtext.)
Of the 10 fattest states, nine show strong support for the Republican nominee, John McCain… Of the 10 least obese and overweight states, eight support the Democratic nominee, Barack Obama…
There are many confounding factors here imposed on traditional voting patterns – a link between poverty and obesity, that the conservative states of the South traditionally enjoy fried foods, and the influence of the healthier cuisines of Asia and the Mediterranean on the east and west coasts.
As a fervent Obama supporter, the idea that fat person = McCain voter makes me indignant, so I’m starting a group called Fat Americans for Barack (F.A.B. for short—it’ll be FAB).But it’s also good news, if you’re me, since the same fatness percentages predict an Obama win:
Using the percentage of their populations that is obese and overweight as an indicator, the slimmer Colorado, Florida, Nevada and Virginia – where the race is now considered too close to call – should deliver 54 electoral college votes to Obama.
Even if McCain wins all those toss-up states that are more obese and overweight – that is, Indiana, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio – that would give him only 57 additional electoral college votes. Thus, the weightometre has Obama winning the presidential race by a margin of at least 318 electoral college votes to 220.
This is probably as “scientific” a prediction method as the elephants, the coffee cups, or the cookies (all of which also favor Obama). Obviously people of all shapes and sizes in every one of the fifty states can and should and will vote for the candidate of their choice. But what can I say? Three weeks until the election, and I just can’t help myself.
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