NIH studies LGBT weight struggles

The National Institute of Health has been given millions of dollars for a study on how sexual minorities struggle with weight, with one of the studies focusing on the biological and social factors for why lesbians tend to be more overweight than gay and bisexual men.

The Washington Free Beacon’s Elizabeth Harrington has been tracking the budget for the study, which started at $1.5 million and rose to $2.2 million, and then to $2.87 million according to a report written on Friday.

A physical activity study done on sexual minority youth from ages 12-22 years old says that LGBT+ youth are up to 76 percent less likely than heterosexual youth to play on a sports team.

Another study came up with results on how gay and bisexual men tend to obsess over their weight and think they’re overweight when they’re not, while lesbians tend to do the opposite.

‘Compared with exclusively heterosexual males, heterosexual males with prior same-sex partners and bisexual males were more likely to self-perceive as overweight despite being of healthy weight or underweight,’ the study found. ‘Compared with exclusively heterosexual females, lesbians and bisexual females were more likely to self-perceive as being of healthy weight or underweight despite being overweight or obese.’

Yet another study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that when comparing homosexual and bisexual men and women to heterosexual men and women, homosexuals/bisexuals were more likely to smoke, binge drink, get regular flu shots, and meet federal guidelines for aerobic exercise.

According to The Blaze, the NIH study has received between $660,000 and $778,000 in funding each year since 2011, and is set to continue until 2016.

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