Male jurors likelier to find obese woman guilty

Last Updated: Sat, Jan 12, 2013 07:30 hrs

Male jurors are more likely to find a defendant guilty, if the accused is an overweight female, a study has revealed.

According to the research by Yale psychologists, they are also more likely to believe that an obese woman is a repeat offender, who is aware of what she is doing.

The study included 471 participants of various body types, who were asked to assess potential guilt of hypothetical offenders, of both genders, who were either skinny or overweight/obese.

The simulated jurors were described a case of check fraud and were shown one of four images of an alleged defendant: a skinny man, obese man, skinny woman or obese woman.

They were asked to rate the likelihood of guilt of each on a scale from one to five.

The result showed that men were significantly more likely to believe that the female defendant, who was obese, was guilty of check fraud, the Daily Mail reported.

In addition, the lean male participants were even more likely to believe in the guilt of the fat female defendant than of other body types.

Women were shown to have little to no weight bias towards any of the "defendants" and there was no fat-bias by any gender when they assessed male defendants. (ANI)

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