Sexual functioning in obese adults enrolling in a weight loss study

Truls Østbye, Ronette L. Kolotkin, Hong He, Francine Overcash, Rebecca Brouwer, Martin Binks, Karen L. Syrjala, Kishore M. Gadde

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The authors assessed sexual functioning among treatment-seeking obese men (n = 91) and women (n = 134) using the comprehensive validated Sexual Functioning Questionnaire. Scores were lower for women than for men, indicating reduced sexual functioning. Men's scores fell between those of a group of cancer survivors and a general population group, whereas women generally had lower scores than both of these groups. Increasing body mass index was associated with decreasing sexual functioning only for arousal and behavior. Sexual functioning was also reduced on most subscales for individuals who reported sexual inactivity in the past month.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)224-235
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Sex and Marital Therapy
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2011


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