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Sexual Functioning and Obesity: A Review.
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PMID:  22522887     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
We review the literature on the relationship between obesity and sexual functioning. Eleven population-basedstudies, 20 cross-sectional non-population-based studies,and16weight loss studies are reviewed.The consistency of findings suggests that the relationship between obesity and reduced sexual functioning is robust, despite diverse methods, instruments, and settings.In most population-based studies, erectile dysfunction (ED) is more common among obese men than among men of recommended weight. Studies of patients in clinical settings often include individuals with higher degrees of obesity, with most studies showing a relationship between obesity and lower levels of sexual functioning, especially ED. The few studies that include both gendersgenerally report more problems among women. Most studies of patients with comorbidities associated with obesity also find an association between obesity and reducedsexual functioning.Mostweight loss studies demonstrate improvement in sexual functioningconcurrent with weight reduction despite varying study designs, weight loss methods, and follow-up periods. We recommend that future studies (1) investigate differences and similarities between men and women with respect to obesity and sexual functioning, (2) use instruments that go beyond the assessment of sexual dysfunction to include additional concepts such as sexual satisfaction, interest, and arousal and, (3) assess how and the degree to which obese individuals are affected by sexual difficulties. Given the high prevalence of obesity and the inverse association between body mass and sexual functioning, we also recommend that sexual functioning should be more fully addressed by clinicians, both in general practice and in weight loss programs.
Ronette L Kolotkin; Christie Zunker; Truls Ostbye
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-4-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.)     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1930-7381     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-4-23     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101264860     Medline TA:  Obesity (Silver Spring)     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
1] Obesity and Quality of Life Consulting, Durham, NC [2] Department of Community and Family Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Durham NC.
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