BOSTON — The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston $1.5 million in two grants to study the biological and social factors for why three-quarters of lesbians are obese while gay men are not, CNS News reported this week.
The grant cited obesity as a “critical public health issue” and said, “it is now well established that women of minority sexual orientation are disproportionately affected by the obesity epidemic. … In stark contrast, among men, heterosexual males have nearly double the risk of obesity compared to gay males.”
Researchers say there has been almost no research behind these trends. Results are expected in 2016.