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MSU Study: Overweight Candidates Likely To Get Fewer Votes

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(WLNS) - A new Michigan State University study found overweight political candidates tend to receive fewer votes than their thinner opponents.
 
According to our media partners at MLive, t
he study used data from 126 primary and general elections in 2008 and 2012 elections.

This is not an absolute science, as former Gov. John Engler had a history of weight issues and served two terms in office. 

Mark Roehling, one of the researchers, said the study does indicate a bias and discrimination against the overweight and obese that has already been seen in employment, education and other social situations.


Researchers also found both obese men and women were less likely to even make it onto ballots.

Read more from MLive:  Overweight candidates likely to get fewer votes according to new Michigan State study
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