To wit: The Magee-Women’s Research Institute and Foundation in Pittsburgh, PA, has received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) award of $466,642 in taxpayer dollars to study the intimate relationships of obese girls. The findings will then be compared to the intimate relationships of non-obese girls.
Code named “1R01HD079419-01,” the project's Abstract states:
Mounting evidence demonstrates that weight influences intimate
(i.e., dating and sexual) relationship formation and sexual negotiations
among adolescent girls. Obese girls consistently report having fewer
dating and sexual experiences, but more sexual risk behaviors (i.e.,
condom nonuse) once they are sexually active….No studies have
actually examined whether the interpersonal skills and intimate
relationships of obese and non-obese girls differ.
For that ~$467k grant, researchers will utilize data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health, conducted between 1994 and 2008, as well as the Pittsburgh Girls Study, an ongoing study which began in 2000, to:
- determine whether obese adolescent girls experience a delay in the development of peer and intimate relationship skills compared to non-obese adolescent girls;
- compare the characteristics of intimate relationships among obese and non-obese adolescent girls;
- use longitudinal growth curve modeling to determine whether trajectories of romantic and sexual relationship characteristics differ between obese and non-obese adolescent girls over time;
- determine how peer and intimate relationship skills affect trajectories of intimate relationships among obese and non-obese adolescent girls over time; and,
- compare the development of interpersonal skills and intimate relationship characteristics between obese and non-obese African American and White adolescent girls.
The payoff to the nation’s taxpayers? The project will
…expand the conceptual framework linking weight to adolescent sexual
risk-taking thereby providing critical information useful for tailoring
adolescent sexual risk-reduction interventions and sexual negotiation
skills building programs.
In short, to figure out a way to get obese girls to say “No.”
There’s got to be a cheaper way for liberals to figure this stuff out on the taxpayers’ dime.
Let the discussion begin...
To read the study’s NIH project description, click on the following link: