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Nicole VanKim, Guest Blogger, LGBT Health Researcher & Summer Institute Graduate!


by Emilia Dunham

Program Associate

Reporting on the Summer Institute Final Presentations

As you know Nicole VanKim was a Summer Institute student at The Fenway Institute. She’s been providing informative and engaging updates on the 4-week course, and today received her certificate of completion for the program!

Today, she presented on the topic of weight and weight-related behaviors.

Blogging Scholar and Student Nicole VanKim

What you may know about obesity: it has been on the rise since the 1980s, nearly doubling in the last 15 years (16% in 1995 and 28% in 2010). There are a number of possible indicators for this high rate (low-income, race/ethnicity) that have been studied in the past. There has been some study of obesity/nutrition among sexual minority men and women, and through the scattered research there’s some indicator that lesbian and bisexual women experience obesity at greater rates than straight women and gay men are more likely to have an eating disorder than straight men.

Nicole’s research project could help inform the understanding of this limited topic of study in LGBT health, and we’re looking forward to following her progress!

And we want to thank Nicole for all of her great work, and especially for blogging for us during this fantastic Summer Institute!

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