Study correlates obesity and EU referendum vote
Following the UK’s vote to leave the European Union last week, there has been a flood of social media winging and public protests by those who voted the remain but didn’t get their way. The instigators of the ‘remainer tantrum’ were the over-privileged children of the nation’s more wealthy city dwellers, of which only approximately one third actually voted. Deemed “butt hurt millennials’ by political commentator Paul Joseph Watson, these youths who claim to be left-wing, socialist, liberal, anarchists; yet have all come out on the same side as banks, big business and the status quo, whilst fascistically slamming anyone who doesn’t share their opinion, including old voters who they blame for stealing their future.
The obese more likely to want out
New analysis has emerged from the University of East Anglia, examining the correlation between obesity and the EU referendum vote. Focusing on England (because of the data most readily available), it appears that high proportions of leave votes are associated with high proportions of obese adults. Dr Peter Ormosi, a senior lecturer in competition economics at UEA’s Norwich Business School, suggests obesity might be the measurable characteristic that could help us understand the psychology of voters.
Dr Ormosi also looked at district level census data on some of the most obvious factors that might be affecting both the referendum vote and the percentage of obese adults. These included: income, the variation of income, the level of health of adults, the level of education of adults, and the economic activity of adults.
He found that a 10% increase in the number of obese people leads to a 6% increase in the number of Leave votes. Whereas more adults with higher education and being economically active has a negative effect on the proportion of Leave votes.
Trend does not indicate cause
What this research indicates is not that obesity somehow lead people to vote leave. Dr Ormosi himself comments that it is unlikely that being overweight itself affects people’s voting preferences. Rather what this research confirms is that many who voted leave come from the poorest and most deprived areas, where lack of investment in eduction and job opportunities has resulted in people who are unable to afford or less likely to understand healthy eating. It is this chasm between rich and poor that set the stage for the majority victory for those who prioritise fairness and local opportunity over benefits to big business and financial institutions.