I'm feeling victimized myself when I look in the mirror...
It absolutely wouldn't surprise me that this discrimination exists. But I have to wonder what in the world Dr. Miller was thinking when he tweeted. Evolutionary psychology indeed. From CBS News.
Does academia discriminate against fat Ph.D. students?
A new study that suggests it is in fact happening comes on the heels of a professor's controversial tweet last month that denigrated obese Ph.D. students. Geoffrey Miller, an evolutionary psychology professor, unleashed a firestorm of criticism when he tweeted this:
"Dear obese PhD applicants: if you didn't have the willpower to stop eating carbs, you won't have the willpower to do a dissertation. #truth."
After the tweet caused an uproar, Miller, who is a visiting professor this summer at New York University, claimed that the tweet was part of a research project, but the institutional review board at the University of New Mexico where he is tenured didn't buy it.
In a new study on postgraduate student applicants, researchers at Bowling Green State University concluded that thinner job candidates enjoyed better luck finding postgraduate positions and were more likely to receive favorable recommendations than their obese peers. The weight bias was particularly pronounced among women seeking jobs, according to the study that was published in the journal Obesity.