Yet another reason to drop a few pounds before summer…

A new study published in the May issue of the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy found that being overweight could put the kibosh on getting your freak on.

The study, which tested the effectiveness of a weight loss drug, found that obese men and women were significantly less sexually satisfied then the general population. Moreover, researchers found that in general overweight women were less satisfied than their male counterparts.

The study’s participants ranged from moderately to severely obese, based on their body mass index (BMI), and were of varying races and ethnicities (White, Black, and Hispanic). However, none of the participants were so overweight that they could not be sexually active.

During the study the participants answered in-depth questions that evaluated “their sexual interest, desire, arousal, orgasm, satisfaction, behavior, relationships, masturbation, and problems.”

Researchers then compared the study participants’ scores to those against a group of cancer survivors and a general population group. According to Kishore Gadde, co-author of the study, obese men were more satisfied than cancer survivors, but less than the general population, while obese women scored lower than both groups.

“‘This is a study that confirmed a lot of what we already know, but it also adds to that literature. It studied both men and women; many weight loss studies are just in women,’ says David Sarwer, director of clinical services at the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He adds that racially diverse groups are not often studied in relation to sex and weight.”

The fact that weight would effect one’s sexual satisfaction is not a new concept. Even for many who are not overweight, body image and confidence can wreak havoc on being intimate with a partner. So it is no wonder that those who are overweight may struggle even more to enjoy themselves sexually. However, David Sarwer, director of clinical services at the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders has some advice.

“People should realize sexuality is more than just intercourse. There’s a tremendous amount of emotional value and benefit that can still come from holding hands, kissing, hugging — romance.”

Has your weight ever gotten in the way of being intimate with your partner?



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