Lesbian and bisexual women are at greater risk of being overweight than heterosexual women, a study has found.Really? Lesbians get fats because of psychosocial stressors like homophobia and heterosexism?
Gay men are also less likely to be overweight than their straight counterparts and are instead more at risk of being underweight, said researchers at UCL and the University of East Anglia.
Researchers say the findings support the view that sexual identity should be deemed a “social determinant of health”.
Lead researcher Dr Joanna Semlyen said there were a number of possible explanations for the study’s findings.
She said: “We know that sexual minority groups are more likely to be exposed to psychosocial stressors, which impacts on their mental health and their health behaviours such as smoking and alcohol use, and which may influence their health behaviours such as diet or physical activity.
“These stressors include homophobia and heterosexism, negative experiences that are experienced by the lesbian, bisexual and gay population as a result of their sexual orientation identity and are known to be linked to health.”
The academic, from the University of East Anglia’s Norwich Medical School, added: “We found that women who identify as lesbian or bisexual are at an increased risk of being overweight or obese, compared to heterosexual women”.
In the future, there will probably be laws forbidding men to discriminate against ugly women. Then women won't get fat, and have to become lesbians. Or maybe they will all get get fat, but fatphobia will be a crime, so women will not have psychosocial stressors.
There are turkeys on farms that get so fat that they cannot perform heterosexual acts. Perhaps they also have psychosocial stressors. Or maybe there are some physical limitations that might also apply to humans.
From the same paper:
The burden of round-the-clock responsibilities of being a mother and the emotional responsibilities of raising children is damaging women’s mental health, a new study has found.Is this paper trolling us? Apparently mothers are so mentally ill that they think that they are managing the household. The study did not look at who are really running the household. It just concludes that motherhood is a mental illness.
The research, which was published in the journal Sex Roles, found that while more men do housework and childcare than used to in the past, women are continuing to manage the household – even when they are employed.
Researchers from Arizona State University and Oklahoma State University looked at how so-called “invisible labour” was linked to feelings of being overwhelmed and a sense of emptiness in women's day-to-day lives.
Almost nine in 10 women said they felt solely responsible for organising schedules of the family.
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