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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  • Lo

    I’m not even overweight, but I hate that fat people are always being bashed in the media. I think we already know that being obese is unhealthy.

  • Peaches

    As a member of #teamchunk, I mist say no, being fat has not ever been a negative on my sex life. If anything, I would say my sex life is way better than my girlfriends who are on the thinner end. They constantly ask me for sex advice or live vicariously through my stories.

    Confidence is sexy, no matter what size you are. I’ve never had problems in the bedroom.

  • I do not believe so. I actually feel like men found be more attractive before I lost some weight. I hope I can see the study to find out more about how it was performed.

  • TPerk

    Never! I’m overweight but I’m a tall, active girl. I go on runs 3 times a week, the occasional hike and I don’t eat fast food every day. That doesn’t change the fact that, according to the BMI, I’m “obese.” But has my sex life suffered from it? Not to my knowledge. I have good sex because I have active sex. People look at “overweight” as a death sentence. I love my body and, apparently, men do too.

  • Brittany GIRL

    You know what else “effs” up your sex life ? Having a nasty , genital burning disease.

    • Question

      Did you need to go there? Really!!!!

    • Emelyne