When you’ve got a national debt that’s $17 trillion and counting, $3 million is nothing. But having an exorbitant national debt that will never be repaid is no excuse to waste even a single taxpayer dime on frivolous curiosity studies.
The feds want to know: Why are most lesbians fat? And why is it that homosexual males are more likely to be fit than their heterosexual counterparts? I don’t know about you, but I don’t think there are more important questions that need to be answered right now. Good thing we’ve got a federal government who is willing to sacrifice the time needed to get to the bottom of these hard-hitting issues.
They’ve been battling these topics for four years now. Over those four years, they’ve needed nearly $3 million to fund this vitally important research.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) study is now in its fourth year, receiving an additional $670,567 for fiscal year 2014. The project seeks to determine why “nearly three-quarters of adult lesbians are overweight or obese,” and why gay males are not.
The study, which is being led by S. Bryn Austin, an associate epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, operates on the premise that there is a “striking interplay of gender and sexual orientation in obesity disparities.”
The researchers have been busier since last year, when the project had yielded only one paper. Those results concluded that gay and bisexual males had a “greater desire for toned muscles” than straight men.
The project now claims that lesbians have lower “athletic-self esteem” that may lead to higher rates of obesity. Another research paper found that lesbians are more likely to see themselves at a healthy weight, even though they are not.
Their research found that lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and “mostly heterosexual” adolescents exercise one to two hours less a week compared to heterosexuals. The paper also said sexual minorities are 46 to 76 percent less likely to be on a sports team, due to “gender nonconformity and athletic self-esteem.”
“Physical activity contexts should be modified to welcome sexual minority males and females,” the authors concluded. “Targeting intolerance of gender nonconformity and fostering athletic self-esteem may mitigate sexual orientation [moderate/vigorous physical activity] MVPA disparities.”
Finally, the project has produced a paper claiming teens that are more feminine or masculine are more likely to engage in behaviors that can cause cancer. The study makes this claim after finding that feminine girls like to go to tanning salons and masculine boys tend to smoke.
“Prevention efforts that challenge the ‘masculinity’ of smoking cigarettes and cigars and chewing tobacco and the ‘femininity’ of indoor tanning to reduce their appeal to adolescents should be explored,” the paper said.
The sexual orientation and obesity study is slated to last until 2016. The latest grant comes receiving $682,873 last year, $778,622 in 2011, and $741,378 in 2012. The total for the project thus far is $2,873,440.
They say that “physical activity contexts should be modified to welcome sexual minority males and females.” This doesn’t really make any sense, considering the same study found that most homosexual males “have a greater desire for toned muscles,” which is the reason the study found that homosexual men were more likely to be in shape. They don’t seem to need any “modifications” to their “physical activity contexts.”
And they said that lesbians were more likely to view themselves at a healthful weight when they actually weren’t. So, that’s not their “physical activity context’s” fault. It’s not because sports programs are “homophobic.” It’s their fault. This study is worthless.
I have no idea why most lesbians are overweight. Maybe it’s a hormonal problem. Maybe they need to eat less and move more. I don’t know. You’d think that there were more pressing matters to tend to rather than spend taxpayer money, no matter how relatively paltry, on pursuing such ridiculous endeavors as finding out why lesbians are fat. They should do a study on why so many federal government employees like child porn.