I won't wade into this one, except to note that some people believe his weight is somehow relevant to assessing his character.
A "racist, cold-blooded killer"? cold blooded, no, but racist is word with a lot of meanings. A fat loser wannabe vigilante with a lethal penile compensator looking for trouble so he could feel like a hero? Absolutely.
I noticed, as well, that a regular commenter in the same thread, one who consistently calls out bigotry*, cited this particular assessment approvingly.
So while his weight may not be proof of legal guilt in the killing of Martin, it's a reasonable basis for holding him in moral contempt?
If you've followed the Zimmerman-Martin case, you may have noticed that this has come up regularly in the attacks on Zimmerman's character.
An article examining the effects of posture and space on corruption has been accepted for publication in the journal, Psychological Science. The report actually reviews the findings of several studies indicating that more expansive posture and space (e.g., bigger desk, more space for auto driver) are associated with increased cheating and dishonesty. The article is co-authored by Andy Yap (MIT), Abbie Wazlawek (Columbia), Brian Lucas (Northwestern), Amy Cuddy, (Harvard) and Dana Carney (Berkley).
Notre Dame psychologists Gerald Haeffel and Jennifer Hames conducted an interesting study of cognitive contagion, published in the journal, Cognitive Psychological Science.
In their investigation, Haeffel and Hames looked at 103 randomly-assigned pairs of freshman roommates.
During the first month of college, each student completed a questionnaire measuring vulnerability to depression and presence of depressive symptoms. The roommates completed questionnaires again at 3 months and at 6 months after the initial measurement.
The researchers found that, after both time periods, the student pairs became more alike in their vulnerability to depression. That is, the students who were paired with a student high in vulnerability to depression, showed increased vulnerability-to-depression scores, while the students paired with low vulnerability roommates showed decreased vulnerability-to-depression scores.