Obesity and sexual quality of life

R. L. Kolotkin, Martin Binks, R. D. Crosby, T. Ostbye, R. E. Gress, T. D. Adams

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OBJECTIVES: Reduced sexual quality of life is a frequently reported yet rarely studied consequence of obesity. The objectives of this study were to 1) examine the prevalence of sexual quality-of-life difficulties in obese individuals and 2) investigate the association between sexual quality of life and BMI class, sex, and obesity treatment-seeking status. RESEARCH METHODS AND PROCEDURES: Subjects consisted of 1) 500 participants in an intensive residential program for weight loss and lifestyle modification (BMI = 41.3 kg/m2), 2) 372 patients evaluated for gastric bypass surgery (BMI = 47.1 kg/m2), and 3) 286 obese control subjects not seeking weight loss treatment (BMI = 43.6 kg/m2). Participants completed the Impact of Weight on Quality of Life-Lite, a measure of weight-related quality of life. Responses to the four Sexual Life items (assessing enjoyment, desire, performance, and avoidance) were analyzed by BMI, sex, and group. RESULTS: Higher BMI was associated with greater impairme
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)472-9
JournalObesity (Silver Spring)
StatePublished - 2006


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