Feds Funding Study To Find Out Why Fat Girls Aren’t Asked Out



We in the United States are running shamefully large budget deficits and THIS is what our government entity the National Institutes of Health is funding a study to find out:

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded a $466,642 grant last week for the study, which will examine whether social skills have an impact on why obese girls have fewer dating experiences than their less obese counterparts.

Social skills?  Are the members of the grant awards committee obese themselves?  Did they sit out the prom?  Some guys are into a little bit of padding, but just a little.  There’s a lot of us who have been there and done that and it’s no great mystery.  The question to be answered may well be better put what’s a fat girl to do when boys won’t ask her out?

“Mounting evidence demonstrates that weight influences intimate (i.e., dating and sexual) relationship formation and sexual negotiations among adolescent girls,” the grant’s abstract states. “Obese girls consistently report having fewer dating and sexual experiences, but more sexual risk behaviors (i.e., condom nonuse) once they are sexually active.”

“The conceptual framework that has guided this research presumes that differences in the social skills for relating to peers and intimate partners along with differences in the relationship experiences of obese and non-obese girls account for these differences,” it said.

“However, no studies have actually examined whether the interpersonal skills and intimate relationships of obese and non-obese girls differ.”

So, basically, fat girls put out in order to get attention from the opposite sex.

The study will specifically look at whether overweight teen girls develop relationship skills later in life, and will compare their “trajectories of romantic and sexual relationship characteristics” with others. The researchers will also contrast “obese and non-obese African American and White adolescent girls.”…

“Our proposal is innovative as it is the first study to explore relationship context as a mechanism linking obesity to adolescent girls’ sexual risk-taking behaviors,” it said.

The study will use national and population-based data to find “nuances” for understanding how social skills affect dating behaviors.

“We take a developmental approach by examining how relationship experiences evolve over time,” the grant said. “Finally, by exploring how relationship experiences differ among African American and White adolescent girls, our approach acknowledges that cultural differences in beauty norms exist and are important.”

Here’s an idea when it comes to relationships and obesity, why not study the causes of the obesity itself, which may well have to do with family dysfunction and constantly being told by family members to lose weight in not so nice terms, which, of course, leads to eating for comfort.  Why not consider what foods are being consumed in that comfort food situation that may be more likely to pack on the pounds and then the resulting sleep issues that screw up hormonal balances that keep us trim when they are optimal.  Dr. Aletha Akers, an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences at Magee-Womens Research Institute, the researcher awarded the grant, really could study such aspects as she has actually already partially answered the question in a previous paper.

She … authored a research paper entitled, “When you got nothing to do, you do somebody,” that concluded teens who lack parental supervision and community activities are put in situations that “promoted sexual and other risk behaviors.”

Rather than expanding on that theme, Dr. Akers is taking an intellectual approach this time and I’d lay money that she will try to find a way to blame the guys for not being attracted to obese girls.

With half a million of our tax dollars.  Not really that much of a bargin considering most of us who were pleasantly plump in high school could have told the NIH why we couldn’t get dates.

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Cultural Limits
A resident of Flyover Country, Cultural Limits is a rare creature in American Conservatism - committed to not just small government, Christianity and traditional social roles, but non-profits and high arts and culture. Watching politics, observing human behavior and writing are all long-time interests. In her other life, CL writes romance novels under her nom de plume, Patricia Holden (@PatriciaHoldenAuthor on Facebook), and crochets like a mad woman (designs can be found on Facebook @BohemianFlairCrochet and on Pinterest on the Bohemian Flair Crochet board). In religion, CL is Catholic; in work, the jill of all trades when it comes to fundraising software manipulation and event planning; in play, a classically trained soprano and proud citizen of Cardinal Nation, although, during hockey season, Bleeds Blue. She lives in the Mid-Mississippi River Valley with family and two cute and charming tyrants...make that toy dogs.