UEA research claims link between obesity and Brexit voters

New research from the UEA suggests link between Brexit voters and obesity Credit: ITV News Anglia

In the wake of the decision by the UK to leave the European Union, the University of East Anglia has carried out research to see if there is a link between obesity and the EU referendum vote.

Experts focused on England and found that a high proportion of Leave votes were associated with high proportions of obese adults.

Dr Peter Ormosi, a senior lecturer in competition economics, suggests obesity might be the measurable characteristic that could help understand the psychology of voters.

Other factors that may have affected the vote include: income, the variation of income, level of health in adults, level of education in adults and the economic activity of adults.

Dr Ormosi found that a 10% increase in the number of obese people leads to a 6% increase in the number of Leave votes.

But the analysis did also find that areas with a higher percentage of healthy people were also more likely to vote Leave.

Dr Ormosi went on to say that it is unlikely that being overweight itself affects people's voting preferences, which is more likely driven by personality traits that characterise both Leave voters and obese adults.

Click here to read Dr Ormosi's blog on the research.