Studying Why Lesbians Tend to be Overweight: Why Government Spending Can’t Be Cut a Dime

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The National Institutes of Health gave $741,378 in 2012
to this study:

Racial and socioeconomic disparities in the determinants,
distribution, and consequences of obesity are receiving increasing
attention; however, one area that is only beginning to be
recognized is the striking interplay of gender and sexual
orientation in obesity disparities. It is now well-established that
women of minority sexual orientation are disproportionately
affected by the obesity epidemic, with nearly three-quarters of
adult lesbians overweight or obese, compared to half of
heterosexual women. In stark contrast, among men, heterosexual
males have nearly double the risk of obesity compared to gay
males…..
Our study has high potential for public health impact not only
for sexual minorities but also for heterosexuals, as we seek to
uncover how processes of gender socialization may exacerbate
obesity risk in both sexual minority females and heterosexual
males. …

According to CNS News, the study also got $778 thousand from
the government in 2011 as well, for a total of $1.5 million. From
CNS:

However, the NICHD said the future of the project is uncertain
because of the sequester–automatic spending cuts that took effect
on March 1.
“The NIH is currently assessing the impact on funding due to
sequestration,” said ;Robert Bock, ;Press Officer for the
NICHD. ;”It ;is not possible to say how this (or any other
NIH grant) will be affected in the long term beyond the 90 percent
funding levels already in place.”
“Obesity is a serious public health problem affecting a large
proportion of the U.S. population,” ;Bock said. ;”The
study is examining reasons why the risk of obesity varies according
to sexual orientation, in order to inform the development of future
strategies to prevent obesity.”
The researchers said the subject is one of “high public-health
significance.”

To point out what sounds like the setup to bad observational
standup ;comedy about the differences between lesbians and gay
men with some implied scorn is not to be anti-science,
anti-knowledge, anti-lesbian.
It is to suggest that our government has gotten into its fiscal
mess but not quite taking seriously the specific tasks for which
government is instituted among the people, and is lying when it
acts like those tasks will necessarily be endangered by government
spending a penny less than the increase it already decided to spend
next year. In other words, we are indeed getting more government
than we either can afford or need.
[Hat tip: Brinck Slattery]

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