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Body Weight and Gender Influence Judgment in the Courtroom

Male participants rated the obese female defendant guiltier than the lean female defendant, whereas female respondents judged the two female defendants equally regardless of weight. Among all participants, there were no differences in assessment of guilt between the obese male and lean male defendants.  

Only the obese female defendant was penalized for her weight, a finding that is consistent with research published in the past 20 years that shows obese females face more weight-related stigma than obese males.

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I'm not at all surprised by this.

Our society is very shallow. One only has to look at the tv programming, commercials and magazines and you see all the shallowness.

No, not surprised at all, but there's some comfort in the knowledge that we were right all the time.

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