Many lesbians are fat

This all sounds terrible sensible:

The US government has spent nearly $3 million on a study to explore lesbian obesity. According to the Department of Health and Human Services 69 per cent of American adults over the age of 20 are classified as overweight or obese and yet 75 per cent of America’s lesbian population falls into this category compared to half of the female population.

For gay men the results are the opposite. Heterosexual men are nearly twice as likely to be overweight as their straight counterparts.

We’re aware that men tend to get their, at least first stirrings, of sexual interest from the way someone looks, women rather less so (luckily, or most men would never get laid).

As with other studies of other aspects of homosexual and lesbian sexual mores (for example, gay men tend to be more promiscuous than men and the society in general, lesbians less so) lesbians tends to be more “female” and gays more “male”.

So it’s really not a great surprise that gay men take more care of their looks in order to be attractive and that lesbian women are attracted more to the person than the physique. And, of course, these are all averages, not a description of any individual in any manner whatsoever.

Meh quite frankly.

But as the Telegraph decides to tell us:

If we leave my questioning of the sample aside, and assume that a disproportionate amount of lesbians are indeed overweight in the US then perhaps we need to address the reasons for this? Could it be that discrimination and prejudice lead to low self-esteem, not on the sports field but in other areas?

What?

11 comments on “Many lesbians are fat

  1. It must be those Australian subbies again, or perhaps just journos who went through the English education system.

    The “amount of lesbians”? Is that in metric or imperial quantities?

    Or is that somehow the point of the article? Bloody Telegraph.

  2. “They are likely to be subject to homophobic bullying in the changing room for one. Otherwise how do we account for the fact that there is not one single out gay premiership footballer?”

    Talking of stereotypes: premiership footballers are bullying homophobes.

    The reason players don’t come out is the abuse from the opposing team’s crowd.

  3. Maybe it’s something to do with all the pints they drink with their roll-ups…

    Just to be clear, are we talking lesbians or premier league footballers?

  4. For gay men the results are the opposite. Heterosexual men are nearly twice as likely to be overweight as their straight counterparts.

    So Alice Arnold considers gay men to be straight.

    I’m guessing it comes down to what you are putting in your mouth, fannies must have a higher sugar content than todgers. I think the government should do something, we need the traffic light marking system on our genitalia.

  5. DocBud – LOL thanks!

    Can it be long before questions of size and homosexuality (and associated discrimunashun) morph into pressure groups, studies at degree level and paid employees of councils?

  6. > The US government has spent nearly $3 million on a study to explore lesbian obesity.

    I noticed this story a year or two back, when the US government announced that they were about to conduct a study to explore lesbian obesity. At the time, IIRC, it was going to cost $500,000.

  7. Who’s more likely to have lower self esteem – lesbians who have come out or lesbians who stay in the closet for fear of homophobia?

    To ask the question is to answer it. The latter group should be more overweight and should skew heterosexual women towards fatter. If not then the corollary is “stay in the closet to improve your self esteem”.

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