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BU Study Finds White and African American Lesbian, Bisexual Women Trend Overweight

A new study in the American Journal of Public Health by Boston University School of Public Health researchers found that compared to heterosexual women, White and African American lesbian and bisexual women are more likely to be overweight at the age of 18 and maintain that weight through adulthood. A research team including Dr. Ulrike Boehmer, associate professor of community health sciences, and Mr. Nicholas P. Deputy, who received his MPH in 2009, analyzed data from the California Health Interview Survey to investigate intersections of sexual minority status, race, and ethnicity, and weight status along gender lines at two points in time: at age 18, and as adults, at the time of the survey. The survey captured demographical information, individual health information, weight status, and age.