Study of Obese Lesbians, Thin Gay Men Working - $1.5M Fed Grant
Posted 3/12/2013 3:39:00 PM

Why are nearly three-quarters of adult lesbians overweight or obese, compared to half of heterosexual women, while gay men are 50 percent less likely to be obese, compared to their heterosexual counterparts?

Researchers at The National Institutes of Health (NIH) are pumping upwards of $1.5 million into a study to find out the answer.

NIH's Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) have awarded more than $1.5 million to Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston, Mass. to study the biological and social factors associated with sexual orientation and obesity, CNS News reported.

"Obesity is one of the most critical public health issues affecting the U.S. today," the grant's description says. "Racial and socioeconomic disparities in the determinants, distribution, and consequences of obesity are receiving increasing attention. [H]owever, one area that is only beginning to be recognized is the striking interplay of gender and sexual orientation in obesity disparities."

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