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April 30, 2007

Shock Study: Lesbians Twice As Likely To Be Obese

The study is said to be "damning" of Cinemax's entire after-midnight programming schedule.

LESBIANS are twice as likely as heterosexual women to be overweight or obese, which puts them at greater risk for obesity-related health problems and death, US researchers said.

The report, published in the American Journal of Public Health, is one of the first large studies to look at obesity among lesbians.

Ulrike Boehmer of the Boston University School of Public Health and colleagues looked at a 2002 national survey of almost 6000 women, and found that lesbians were 2.69 times more likely to be overweight and 2.47 times more likely to be obese.

“Lesbians have more than twice the odds of (being) overweight,” the authors wrote....

They reviewed smaller studies that have suggested a higher prevalence of obesity among lesbians and the possible reasons why.

Hmmmm... Possible reasons why? Any obvious ones jumpin' out at you? Like the possibility that it's more common than obesity causes lesbianism than lesbianism causes obesity? Or that women simply tend to let themsevles go when out of the competitive heterosexual mate-market (as often happens after marriage to both sexes)?

Nah. This is science. Which means, now, it's politically correct.

“The results of these studies indicate that lesbian women have a better body image than do heterosexual women,” they wrote.

Ah. They're empowered enough to have "better body image" despite the fact they're, you know, pretty fat.

"Better body image," perhaps. More accurate? Debatable.

In more positive news, the study found that lesbians are "three to four times more likely" than heterosexual women to be "pretty handy with a lathe."


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