Lesbian and bisexual women are more likely to have a higher Body Mass Index (BMI) than heterosexual women.
Lesbian and bisexual women are more likely to have a higher Body Mass Index (BMI) than heterosexual women. According to the 2013 National Health Interview Survey, 37% of gay or lesbian women and 41% of bisexual women were obese, vs. 28% of heterosexual women. This is problematic, because obese women are at higher risk for certain illnesses, including diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers. A new evaluation of the 12-to-16-week Healthy weight in Lesbian and Bisexual Women (HWLB) program demonstrates hopeful results for enhancing this population's health. The study included 266 overweight women aged 40 or older who identified as lesbian, bisexual, or "something else." The program included group meetings, nutrition education, and physical activity. At evaluation, 95% of the participants achieved 1 or more of the 9 health objectives (e.g., increased fruit consumption, increased activity). The beneficial design elements include using a tailored approach to health promoting; involving a local LGBT organization to provide a safe space; and engaging experts from the target population.
Jacobs' Institute of Women's Health, July 2016
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