In his signature style, Milo Yiannopoulos noted in his July 15 podcast that “fat people are stupider than the rest of us”. The study his remark was based on used detailed brain imaging to obtain its results from a modest sample of 32 people. It found fat people to be less intelligent and more impulsive than non-fat people .
The GSS offers a cruder and less precise way of looking at the same thing, though our sample is 20x as large.
The following table shows average IQ estimates (converted from wordsum scores and assuming a white average of 100 and a standard deviation of 15) for female respondents whose weights were deemed either “below average”, “average”, “somewhat above average”, or “considerably above average”. Those who conducted the interviews were the ones who assigned respondents to one of the four weight categories. To avoid language fluency confounds only survey respondents born in the US are included (n = 616):
Another stereotype validated.
GSS variables used: INTRWGHT, SEX(2), BORN(1), WORDSUM