In the United States, bisexual individuals are particularly vulnerable to food insecurity, defined as the lack of access to adequate food for an active, healthy life. A research study by Nasser Sharareh, PhD, at University of Utah Health reveals that people who identify as bisexual have limited or uncertain access to adequate food as compared to heterosexuals or individuals who identify as gay and lesbian. The results held true no matter their level of income or education, type of employment, or whether they had health insurance.

“The findings were shocking,” Sharareh says. He hypothesizes that recent surges in discrimination against the bisexual community, lack of social support, and “double discrimination” by the heterosexual and gay and lesbian communities may contribute to the inequity.

Sharareh is available to talk about the research findings and means to address the issue. As a research assistant professor in population health sciences, he investigates the impact of social determinants of health on health outcomes.