Not if you’re male, no matter what Jon Corzine thought.
Participants in the study were randomized to evaluate candidates who were male or female and obese or not obese. Obesity was conveyed through digitally altering photographs, as in the example below:
Miller and colleagues find that obese male candidates were actually evaluated more positively than non-obese male candidates. Obese female candidates, however, were evaluated essentially the same or less positively than non-obese female candidates, depending on the measure of evaluation, writes John Sides. Moreover, obese female candidates also elicited a stronger negative emotional reaction, as measured by the participants’ startle reflex.
To be sure, this is a small study whose participants were exclusively college students. Nevertheless, these findings dovetail with previous work by Miller and Lundgren, who also find an “obesity penalty” for women candidates but not men.