A study recently commissioned by the United States Health and Human Services (HHS), seeks to explore why lesbians have an appearance of being homejoy fat. The research seeks to establish the disparity between lesbian women and heterosexual women, in terms of obesity rates.
At a cost of $3.5 million to U.S. taxpayers, the study, “Sexual Orientation and Obesity: A Test of a Gendered Biopsychosocial Model,” is viewed by the National Institutes of Health as significant to the public’s health, and well-being. According to the study, “It is now well-established that women of minority sexual orientation are disproportionately affected by the obesity epidemic, with nearly three-quarters of adult lesbians overweight or obese, compared to half of heterosexual women. In stark contrast, among men, heterosexual males have nearly double the risk of obesity compared to gay males.”
Now in it’s fifth year of research, the “Sexual Orientation and Obesity: A Test of a Gendered Biopsychosocial Model,” seeks to delve further into the weight and physical appearance of lesbian women and what the underlying factors are that trigger elevated rates of obesity in this demographic group. In a collaborative effort with the study, a paper published by S. Bryn Austin, an associate epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, asserted that lesbian women have lower “athletic- self-esteem” that may lead to elevated rates of obesity.