June 20, 2007

The Largening Lesbian

A new study from the American Journal of Public Health states that lesbians are twice as likely as heterosexual women to be overweight or obese.

What conclusion do you jump to after seeing that statistic?

The conclusion the article jumps to is that "lesbian women must have a better body image than heterosexual women."

Was that yours?


email said...

I'm not sure how having a better body image equates to twice as likely to be overweight or obese. Unless they're saying that having a better body image means that you're so satisfied with your body that you don't care about taking care of it. I would think the opposite - that better body image would make one more likely to live in a healthy manner in regards to diet and exercise, leading to less weight problems. But what do I know?

Anyway, as to your first conclusion question: as my husband says, "Women tend to be more forgiving when assessing appearance," so perhaps knowing this, lesbians aren't as obsessed with keeping their weight under control as are straight women. My second thought was, "Damn, if I were a lesbian, I wouldn't have to monitor my chocolate intake. Maybe I should re-think this whole heterosexual thing." ;-)

Anonymous said...

i think one of them has to be the guy in the relationship...so that entails being heavier

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