Lesbians are fat and ugly?!? Say it ain't so!
So basically:The study being carried out by the National Institutes of Health, now in its fourth year, has another two to run.It comes after official data released earlier this year showed 69 per cent of American adults over 20 are classified as overweight or obese.According to the Department of Health and Human Services, nearly three quarters of America’s lesbian population falls into one or other of these categories – compared with half of the heterosexual female population.On the other hand heterosexual men are nearly twice as likely to be overweight than their homosexual counterparts.In the US, there are five million lesbian and bisexual women, according to one estimate. [Didact: Let's do a little MAFF. Five million out of a population of 322 million, of which, say, 48% are women, results in... knit one, purl two... 3.235% of all women who are gay.]One of the linked studies found that lesbians were less likely to participate in team sports than heterosexuals because of lower athletic self-esteem. [Didact: So the butch lacrosse player stereotype is false too. Actually, I didn't see that one coming.]Researchers also found obese lesbian women were likely to consider themselves as being of a healthy weight but gay men tended to think of themselves as being overweight when they were not.The research has been carried out by a team led by Bryn Austin, an epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and associate professor at Harvard’s school of public health.“There are differences in cultural pressures to be thin between gay men and lesbian women,” she told the Telegraph.She said the study would also examine whether obesity could be linked to differences in physiological response to stress between men and women.While critics regard the research as government waste, Prof Austin, insisted it was necessary.
That being said, anyone who has spent any significant time in the USA knows quite well that this country is full of heffalumps.
a) Irritated at the fact that the US government- which, need I remind you, is functionally bankrupt- spent $3M of your money and mine researching the weight issues of lesbians; or
b) Amused at the way the study confirmed a number of empirical truths.
Reaction to a study like this is sadly predictable. The comments below the article are no more edifying than I would expect. Here is a typical example: “It’s pretty obvious, They are fat first, obviously can’t get any hetero action, so change to the other team where other fat women are less discerning.” That’s right ‘tyrannosaur’ (as you call yourself) women have no other interest in life other than attracting men and if we can’t do that we just give up and go for women instead.Perhaps, more truthfully, lesbians are less likely to want to conform to the magazine stereotypes of straight women. [Didact: Wrong. Other than being fat and ugly, lesbian women on the whole tend to be far more like the stereotypical hausfrau than the average straight woman.] I would hazard a guess that these stereotypes are not necessarily attractive to men either. [Didact: Does this woman actually know any real men?] Does anyone really find a hugely underweight model with a miserable expression on her face alluring?Lets be absolutely clear. Lesbians are not gay because they can’t get a man. All of the lesbians I know, and I know quite a few, have had to fight off the attentions of men frequently. Studies like this only serve to give ammunition to this type of prejudice.