Rethinking America

Trump’s Real Bond: We the Fat People

The indisputable way to explain the 2016 U.S. presidential election result.

Credit: Joseph Sohm


  • Many voters in the Rust Belt out of a job wanted to believe that the President elect will bring back all the steel mills.
  • The majority simply liked what they saw, which is what they see every morning in their mirror: a rotund figure.

A week after the spectacular failure of major polling firms, it is time to look for other perspectives on why the election turned out the way it did.

One can certainly analyze political factors, e.g., the fact that many voters out of a job, sadly, in the Rust Belt, want to believe that the President elect will bring back all the steel mills that closed in the past decades.

One can also conjure up more subconscious factors that sometimes come to the fore. For instance, the mayor from West Virginia who, tired of an “ape in heels” in the White House, rejoices at the thought of having as a First Lady a classy former centerfold of GQ magazine (Hey! no such thing as a stupid job, only stupid people, as they say in France).

The explanation

But instead of attempting to go for a possibly perilous descent into the psyche of the American heartland, why not try a simple explanation.

This explanation is based on the scientific conclusion that any traveler across this great continent can draw every day, i.e.: The girth of the populace is inversely related to the proximity to the coasts. And lo and behold, maps do not lie:

Enlarge Presidential election 2016

Enlarge Fattest states 2015

One could object that the Rocky Mountain States tend to disprove this theory. But I would argue that the density of the population in this area is such that the lack of MacDonald’s significantly alters the parameters of the experiment. Thus these states should be counted out.


On this basis, one can safely come to the conclusion that the majority, on November 8, simply liked what they saw, which is what they see every morning in their mirror: a rotund figure.

This figure might rank only a 2 or 3 on the President-elect’s personal metrics, but is such a welcome return to the golden days of Taft and Cleveland, an invitation to gorge oneself on fast food and carbonated drinks.

What a relief from George W. or Barack and their annoying addiction to the practice of sports and maddening obsession with keeping in shape!

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About Jean-Francois Boittin

Jean-Francois Boittin is a former French diplomat and Treasury official.

Responses to “Trump’s Real Bond: We the Fat People”

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  1. On November 20, 2016 at 5:31 am 20eric responded with... #

    Trump is only one problem, but the millions of voters not able to judge a man by his words and deeds must tell us something about their education, or rather lack thereof.

  2. On November 20, 2016 at 10:08 am Andrew responded with... #

    Millions of voters not able to judge a woman by her actions is equally distressing and tells us about their ethics and morality, or lack thereof.

  3. On November 20, 2016 at 7:10 pm 20eric responded with... #

    Well, the majority did vote for Hillary, so it must be the voting system that is rigged and it is?

  4. On November 20, 2016 at 7:21 pm 20eric responded with... #

    As to obesity, what a “Christian” lot that stuffs itself to misery and early death in a world with millions going hungry to bed everyday!

  5. On November 21, 2016 at 4:41 am Mike Lee responded with... #

    Who was it who said that he might not accept the results? Who was it that decried this statement and ACCEPTED the results?

  6. On November 22, 2016 at 2:34 pm Daniel S. Morrow responded with... #

    The The girth of the populace is not INVERSELY related to the distance to the coasts. It is DIRECTLY related. The shorter the distance to the coast; the smaller the girths. The larger the distance; the larger the girths. See the map. Check out the definition of inverse relationship. An interesting piece in any case.

  7. On November 25, 2016 at 11:06 am crazyottojr responded with... #

    Try a lesson in civics and the electoral college. This is just more elitism at its worst. Conflating obesity with political ignorance? alluding to only those on the coast know what is the truth politically. Progressives/Communists/globalists have a hard time when they don’t get their way.

  8. On November 27, 2016 at 12:25 pm PeterBurgess responded with... #


  9. On December 1, 2016 at 1:19 am Realist50 responded with... #

    For whatever reason my comment of just how easy it is to demonstrate the opposite are being held for moderation: not sure if that’s keyword driven or just how this site works.

    So let me put the summary version: look at CDC data of obesity rates by ethnic group and CNN exit polling of voting by ethnic group in this presidential election. Doing so, one arrives at the exact opposite conclusion as Mr. Boittin, because African-Americans and Hispanics (two groups who voted for overwhelmingy for Clinton) have much higher obesity rates than non-Hispanic whites (who favored Trump by 20 points).

  10. On December 1, 2016 at 1:29 am Realist50 responded with... #

    It’s only “interesting” as a demonstration of flawed, garbage in, garbage out analysis. Run the same analysis by race based on CDC obesity data and CNN exit polls and you get the exact opposite result of Mr. Boittin’s attempted “analysis”.