This morning, Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill announced on Twitter that she is "tired of looking and feeling fat. Maybe talking about it publicly will keep me on track as I try to be more disciplined. Off to the gym." Is this a lady thing, or do public struggles with weight loss cross gender lines?
Few sentient people would dispute that women, no matter what their role in public life, face a greater social penalty for being "fat." During the presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton's weight was occasionally considered fair game by male and female pundits alike; she later joked at a liberal evangelical forum, "You know, sometimes I say, 'Oh, Lord. Why can't you help me lose weight?"