On the left, Yes/No vote in 2014. On the right, obesity prevalence. See a kind of correlation? By no means perfect and with notable exceptions such as Western Isles and Borders but Unionism and obesity to the north and east and to the south and west? I do hope this does not lead to any abusive tweeting.
It wasn’t my idea to try to correlate weight and Unionism but, again, I stumbled across a more rigorous study in England which looked at obesity and EU referendum preferences and thought I’d have wee go myself. Before, reflecting further on the above maps, here’s what Peter Ormosi found.
In June 2016, academic, Peter Ormosi produced these scattergraphs based on 326 districts in England.
‘On the left-hand side you can see how the percentage of Leave voters decreases with the percentage of adults with healthy weight. The right-hand side plots show that the percentage of Leave voters increases with the percentage of obese adults.’
So, in England, the more obesity the stronger the desire to leave the UK and in Scotland the more obesity the stronger the support for staying in the UK. At first sight, are these contradictory? Or, maybe, is obesity correlating with preferences for a more unequal insular, stay-at-home kind of society and healthy weight correlating with a more equal, getting out and exploring the world kind of society?
Once more, over to you dear reader.
Footnote: Though I have lost nearly 3 stones since 2016, my desire to travel to, say, Australia, East Asia or Mexico has not surged.