While the Obama White House has closed tours to the public, sighting sequestration, we are learning today that, through the National Institute of Health (NIH), the federal government has allotted $1.5 million to study biological and social factors for why seventy-five percent of lesbians are obese.
“It looks like we need more sequestration, not less,” said Katie Pavlich, news editor for Townhall, referencing the Obama administration's assertion of sequester consequences, after Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston, received two grants administered by NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to study the relationship between sexual orientation and obesity.
NIH investigators say there is little research devoted to this disparity, and have set out to find the biological, psychological, and social factors behind it.
"That's right people, we can't go on a White House tour but the federal government has plenty of money to toss around for stuff like this," Pavich said.
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said it is disturbing that taxpayers are being used to fund the study.
“When you look at a nation that’s $17 trillion in debt – there’s a reason. It’s because we do frivolous studies that serve no benefit other than to give a special interest group something to talk about,” he told Fox News. “Why are we issuing grants to study things that have no affect on the well-being of the nation as a whole?”
The researchers, however, call the study one of "high public-health significance."
The study began following President Obama's 2010 request of Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to identify steps the Department could take to improve the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and families.
BWH, the hospital conducting the study, first received a $778,622 grant in 2011, followed by a $741,378 grant in 2012, totaling $1,520,000.
With a budget end date for June 30, 2016, the project could last for five years.