Lesbianism and obesity

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In April of 2007, the American Journal of Public Health analyzed data from 2002 National Survey of Family Growth and the data suggested that American lesbian women were 2.69 times more likely to be overweight and 2.47 times more likely to be obese than all other female sexual orientation groups. [1]

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In 2013, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reported that 75% of American lesbians are obese.[2][3] In April of 2007, the American Journal of Public Health analyzed data from 2002 National Survey of Family Growth and the data suggested that American lesbian women were 2.69 times more likely to be overweight and 2.47 times more likely to be obese than all other female sexual orientation groups. [1] The abstract for this study indicated that "lesbians are at greater risk for morbidity and mortality linked to overweight and obesity." [1]

In 2009, the PubMed article abstract for the Polish psychiatry journal Psychiatria Polska article Body Image in Homosexual Persons declared:

Homosexual women are less concentrated on physical appearance and more satisfied with their bodies while being more tolerant to obesity.... For lesbian women the ideal body image is more massive than for heterosexual women.[4]

In 2007, a purported lesbian wrote to Andrew Sullivan, the political commentator and administrator of The Daily Dish blog:

And - oh heck, I'll admit it - aesthetics have value, too! As a woman, I may not be as focused on looks as men are predisposed to be, but I sure am tired of seeing so many queer ladies out there who are way past 200 pounds. Way, way past. Sorry, but no amount of "fat acceptance" is going to make that a pleasant sight - gay, straight, butch, femme, male or female.[5]

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Physical and mental health related problems associated with obesity

See also: Physical and mental health related problems associated with obesity and Atheism and Mental and Physical Health

Some of the medical conditions associated with obesity include: type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and triglycerides, coronary artery disease (CAD), stroke, arthritis, cancer, sleep apnea, reproductive problems in women and varicose veins.[6][7][8][9] In addition, medical science research indicates that excess weight impairs brain function.[10][11][12][13][14]

Medical research indicates that excess weight impairs brain function.[15][16][17][18][19]

According to the Mayo Clinic some of the symptoms associated with obesity can include:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Snoring
  • Sleep apnea
  • Pain in your back or joints
  • Excessive sweating
  • Always feeling hot
  • Rashes or infection in folds of your skin
  • Feeling out of breath with minor exertion
  • Daytime sleepiness or fatigue

Obesity and the feet/ankles: According to Stuart D. Miller, M.D.: "It is important for the public to know that obesity isn't just an aesthetic issue, but a contributing cause of musculoskeletal health problems, specifically with the feet and ankles."[21]

Lower levels of balance recovery and increased risk of falls: In her thesis submitted to the Faculty of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, entitled A modeling investigation of obesity and balance recovery, Sara Louise Matrangola writes in the abstract: "Obesity is associated with an increased risk of falls and subsequent injury. Previous studies have shown weight loss and strength training to be beneficial to balance, but knowing which is more beneficial will allow researchers to design interventions to maximize the benefits in terms of balance and reducing risk of falls."[22]

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Weight loss resources and tips

Strength training and cardio exercise:

How much exercise is needed to lose weight and importance of one day of rest per week:

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Overweight and Obesity in Sexual-Minority Women: Evidence From Population-Based Data, Ulrike Boehmer, Deborah J. Bowen, Greta R. Bauer, American Journal of Public Health, 2007 Jun;97(6):1134-40. E pub 2007 Apr 26.
  2. Feds Spend $1.5 Million to Study Why Lesbians Are Fat - CNS News
  3. Feds Spend $1.5 million to Study Obese Lesbians
  4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19694404?itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum&ordinalpos=1
  5. http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2007/05/obesity_and_les.html
  6. http://www.webmd.com/diet/tc/obesity-health-risks-of-obesity
  7. http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/topics/obesity/calltoaction/fact_consequences.htm
  8. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/obesity
  9. http://stanfordhospital.org/clinicsmedServices/COE/surgicalServices/vascularSurgery/patientEducation/varicose.html
  10. http://pn.psychiatryonline.org/content/41/18/25.1.full
  11. http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/brain-and-behavior/articles/2009/08/25/as-waistlines-widen-brains-shrink.html
  12. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21167850
  13. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/07/100714112832.htm
  14. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/instance/2568718/
  15. http://pn.psychiatryonline.org/content/41/18/25.1.full
  16. http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/brain-and-behavior/articles/2009/08/25/as-waistlines-widen-brains-shrink.html
  17. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21167850
  18. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/07/100714112832.htm
  19. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/instance/2568718/
  20. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/obesity/DS00314/DSECTION=symptoms
  21. Survey Suggests Obesity May Cause Foot Problems
  22. Thesis submitted to the Faculty of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, entitled A modeling investigation of obesity and balance recoveryby Sara Louise Matrangola
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