American Atheists and obesity
Madalyn Murray O'Hair was the founder of the American Atheists organization and she was overweight. One of the last pictures taken of Madalyn Murray O'Hair features her standing before a cake as can be seen HERE.
As of December 28, 2010, the pictures of the members of the American Atheists organization's board of directors showed a significant portion of its members having excess body weight. Members of the American Atheists board of directors who were overweight as of December 28, 2010 included: Richard Andrews, Monty Gaither, Blair Scott and Ann Zindler. A picture of an overweight Richard Andrews can be found HERE.
On August 11. 2013, a new overweight member of their board of directors was listed - namely, Jamila Bey. A video of an overweight Jamila Bey can be seen HERE. As of June 8, 2016, she is no longer on their board of directors.
In 2018, the American Atheist website indicated that Pamela Whissel is the membership director of their organization. In addition, as of April 16, 2018, she is the editor-in-chief of American Atheist magazine and has held this position since 2011. A picture of an overweight Pamela Whissel can be found HERE.
Research suggests that extra pounds and large waists undermine perceptions of leadership ability.
- See also: Atheism and obesity
New Atheism leaders and problems with being overweight
As noted earlier, the main authors of the New Atheism movement include Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins, Victor J. Stenger and Christopher Hitchens. The New Atheism movement claims to be pro-science, yet three out of five of these men have had issues with being overweight as can be seen HERE and HERE and HERE PZ Myers is also a leader within the New Atheism movement and PZ Myers has had issues with being overweight.
On the other hand, PZ Myers and a significant amount of other New Atheism leaders, seem to lack a full appreciation of the value of nutritional science, exercise science and the latest findings of medical science. (see: also Atheism and obesity). As of August 2013, Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris have not publicly commented on the significant problems the New Atheism leadership has experienced in terms of overweight members.