Lesbians more likely to be fat as experts find sexuality is linked to health

Lesbian and bisexual women are more likely to be overweight than heterosexual women, research has shown for the first time, as experts said sexual identity should now be viewed as a health risk factor.

Researchers at the University of East Anglia studied 12 British national health surveys involving more than 93,000 people which recorded body mass index (BMI) and sexuality and found a striking link between weight and sexual orientation.

For women, being gay increased the odds of them being overweight by 41 per cent, an increased overall risk of 14 per cent. It means that you would expect an extra eight gay women of an unhealthy size in every 100 compared to heterosexual women (65% compared with 57%).

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