Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Feds Spend $228,636 to Find Out Why Obese Lesbians Binge Eat

The National Institutes of Health's spending over $200,000 to figure out why obese lesbians binge eat. The Old Dominion University study awarded last week hypothesizes that intersectionality's the culprit for why black lesbians purportedly eat too much. Researchers note the implications of "being a black lesbian woman on binge eating" have never been studied before.
"Young adult lesbian women are twice as likely to be overweight and obese as their heterosexual peers and Black women are similarly more likely to be obese than White women," according to the grant. "Despite well documented disparities in binge eating, little's known about contributing factors in lesbian women and in particular racial minorities."
The researchers claim society can "influence young women's eating in everyday life" and hypothesize that racism and homophobia are having an impact on minority lesbians who binge eat.
"Consistent with minority stress theories, preliminary data also suggest sexual minority stress—or the stress people from stigmatized groups are exposed to due to their marginalized social status—likely influences binge eating in lesbian women, but the role of unique minority experiences in binge eating has not been examined using EMA [mobile technology-based ecological momentary assessment]."
The "minority stress theory" places the blame on "homophobic culture" and prejudice for sexual minorities who are in bad health.
"Minority stress theory proposes that sexual minority health disparities can be explained in large part by stressors induced by a hostile, homophobic culture, that often results in a lifetime of harassment, maltreatment, discrimination and victimization," the American Psychological Association explained in a newsletter in 2012.
"Having multiple minority statuses increases the likelihood of experiencing homophobia, stigma, isolation and rejection, along with heightened risk for sexual risk behavior or substance use," the newsletter said.
The new NIH study's looking at the "intersectionality" of lesbian women who are unable to control their eating.
"Race, eating-related factors and sexual minority-specific factors may also moderate daily associations, but haven't been fully explored," the grant explains. "In particular, implications of having intersecting sexual- and racial-minority identities (i.e., being a Black lesbian woman) on binge eating have yet to be considered."
This isn't the first time federally funded researchers have studied lesbian obesity. Taxpayers were previously billed over $3.5 million to find out why the majority of lesbians are obese and gay men are not. Findings of the 5-year study included revelations that gay men have a "greater desire for toned muscles" than straight men.
The new study will recruit 150 lesbians and 150 straight women, who'll answer survey questions on their smartphones about why they binge eat. Each group will include at least 50 black women.
"Study aims include examining how daily affective, social and health behavior factors impact lesbian women's eating and how sexual minority-specific experiences uniquely contribute to binge eating in daily life," the grant states. The study received $228,636 and began on January 29. Research will continue through November 2022.


  1. I know why they binge. Its called a guilty soul. While I admit 2 women kissing is easier to witness than 2 fags, its STILL WRONG. And these women attempt to drown their sinful lust with ice cream, Cheetos, and anything fried. I feel no sympathy what so ever for them. Choices have consequences.

    1. that makes sense but why are black women the most likely demographic to be obese? do most black women have guilty souls?