I’ve read a few reports here and there about how “red states” (the states that vote for republican presidential candidates) tend to be the fattest states (have the highest obesity rates), and that the blue states tend to have the lowest. There are some exceptions, of course.
So, I have a few questions. For the statistics gurus: how high is the correlation between a state’s obesity rate and the percentage of the vote that goes for republican presidential candidates? Or other republican state-wide offices?
If there is a high correlation between obesity and republican-voting-likelihood, why do you think that might be? Is it just coincidence, or is there some link between behavior that leads to being overweight and that which leads someone to want to vote for a republican candidate.
I honestly don’t think it’s because republicans support policies that make people more likely to be obese, but perhaps there is some underlying psychology to explain why the two may be correlated.
Not real research of course, but here is a link to get the discussion started. It’s a bit offensive, and I only provide it as a jumping off point.