Your Money at Work: Why Are Gay Women More Overweight Than Gay Men?

Posted: Mar 12, 2013 7:37 AM

It looks like we need more sequestration, not less. The National Institutes of Health is getting getting federal grant money to study why lesbians are more overweight than gay men because it's really important. From CNSNews:

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded $1.5 million to study biological and social factors for why “three-quarters” of lesbians are obese and why gay males are not, calling it an issue of “high public-health significance.”

Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Mass., has received two grants administered by NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to study the relationship between sexual orientation and obesity.

“Obesity is one of the most critical public health issues affecting the U.S. today,” the description of the grant reads. “Racial and socioeconomic disparities in the determinants, distribution, and consequences of obesity are receiving increasing attention.”

“[H]owever, one area that is only beginning to be recognized is the striking interplay of gender and sexual orientation in obesity disparities,” it states. “It is now well-established that women of minority sexual orientation are disproportionately affected by the obesity epidemic, with  it continues.

“In stark contrast, among men, heterosexual males have nearly double the risk of obesity compared to gay males.”

That's right people, we can't go on a White House tour but the federal government has plenty of money to toss around for stuff like this, apparently. The study started in 2011, when a portion of the funds were allocated, and could last as long as five years.

This news comes just after the House Oversight Committee released a report last week showing the federal government has failed to implement $67 billion worth of taxpayer savings through agency cleanup.

A Committee report released today revealed waste-cleanup recommendations from non-partisan Inspector Generals working across the federal government, which would save taxpayers $67 billion per year, have not been implemented. Backlogs of unimplemented recommendations have grown to 16,906.

“This report chronicles $67 billion in unimplemented reforms that non-partisan Inspectors General have identified,” said Committee Chairman Darrell Issa. “President Obama should listen to the recommendations of his Administration’s own Inspector Generals and work with Congress to implement common sense spending cuts that target wasteful and poorly performing programs instead of settling for the furloughs and service disruptions happening under the sequester.”

If these non-partisan recommendations from Inspector Generals across the federal government were implemented, 78 percent of the sequester total would be regained.