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Being Overweight Affects Your Sex Drive

Being overweight hampers your sex life

Add a bad time in bed to the list of ways excess weight can impede your life satisfaction. In a survey of more than 1,000 obese and normal-weight men and women, more than half of obese people reported problems with sexual enjoyment, sex drive or sexual performance or avoided sex altogether, compared with only 5 percent of their normal-weight counterparts. It's unknown whether the problems are physical or psychological. However, losing weight makes obese women feel more confident, says Martin Binks, Ph.D., co-lead researcher and director of behavioral health at Duke Diet & Fitness Center in Durham, N.C. And that's true for women who are merely overweight too: After dropping 10 or 20 pounds, women told Binks "they feel younger sexually."

APA Reference
Writer, H. (2008, December 21). Being Overweight Affects Your Sex Drive, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, July 24 from https://www.healthyplace.com/sex/body-image/being-overweight-affects-your-sex-drive

Last Updated: June 29, 2019

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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