Obesity's Effect on Your Sexual Life
Obesity, or being excessively overweight, is a major health issue that affects people all over the world, but particularly in developing nations. Obesity is associated with poor health and a high risk of severe health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and certain cancers.
Aside from the obvious health risks, obesity has been linked to poor sexual health in both men and women, according to research.1
Obese people are those who are 20 percent or more overweight than their target weight.
Male sexual wellbeing and obesity
Obese males have lower testosterone levels than normal, according to research. Testosterone is the primary male hormone responsible for all male traits and the growth of the male sexual organs.2
Obesity can cause low testosterone, or low T, which can lead to low libido and erectile dysfunction. Low T can affect a man's fertility, particularly if he is obese, since testosterone is responsible for the production of sperm.
Erectile dysfunction and obesity (ED)
Erectile dysfunction is caused by hormonal imbalances and low T levels. Medical issues such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure, on the other hand, play a significant role.3
Obesity increases the likelihood of any of these health conditions, leaving you vulnerable to erectile dysfunction if you develop all of them. Abdominal obesity has also been linked to ED, especially in older men, according to research. According to the findings, having a lot of belly fat will increase the risk of ED by up to 90%.4
Obesity is often related to unsatisfactory sexual performance in the bedroom.
What effect does obesity have on a woman's sexuality?
Obesity has the same health risks for women as it does for men, such as heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes. Obese women, on the other hand, sometimes experience a hormonal imbalance of estrogen and progesterone, resulting in irregular cycles and ovulation difficulties.
If you are extremely overweight and want to conceive, studies have shown that making a concerted effort to lose weight may help normal cycles and ovulation return without medication, and your chances of becoming pregnant could be good.5
Women's body image is also very critical, and many women who are overweight have low self-esteem because they believe they are unattractive.
The appetite for sex plummets, and many people, including those in relationships, tend to stop it entirely. An obese woman may feel that she has no chance of having a satisfying sexual life or even a happy sexual relationship.6
Functions of reproduction
Obesity has been shown to have a negative impact on both men and women's reproductive functions. Obesity has been linked to a lower sperm count as well as a reduction in sperm motility.8
The menstrual and ovulation cycles of a woman are often out of whack, resulting in less eggs being released for fertilization.9
Obesity, which affects both males and females' fertility, makes it difficult for those who wish to start a family to conceive successfully.
Obesity is a war that must be won.
Obesity does not appear overnight, and defeating it will not occur overnight. There are a variety of explanations why you may be overweight, not all of which are related to eating too much. Here are a few:7
Obesity may be caused by a hormonal imbalance in both men and women.
Thyroid issues, such as an underactive thyroid, can cause weight gain because calories are not burned efficiently.
A sedentary lifestyle and a lack of exercise.
An unhealthy diet high in carbohydrates, fats, and refined foods.
Portions that are much too big for your requirements, causing the excess to be contained in fat cells.
A doctor can diagnose and treat medical conditions, while a dramatic change in lifestyle patterns can combat nutrition and physical problems.
What you can do to help
If you need to lose a lot of weight, you will need to hire a dietician to help you get started on a healthy eating plan.
Do not follow fad diets that promise weight loss at the speed of light. To begin with, these diets are unhealthy, and any weight you lose is likely to return with a vengeance – plus more.
Make healthy eating a permanent part of your life by choosing balanced foods that are energizing and encourage calorie burning.
It is important to exercise on a regular basis. Simple workouts can be done at home or at a gym, and walking is a simple and effective way to get the blood pumping. You can begin slowly and steadily increase your exercise speed as well as your walking distance. Only make sure to exercise every day – the best times are usually in the morning and early evening.
Examine the portions of everything you consume before you eat it, and develop the habit and mentality of consuming less. When your portions are just right for you, you'll know it instinctively.
Adopting a new lifestyle can be difficult at first, but the benefits will outweigh any difficulties you face in regaining your health.
Your sexual life's standard
When a person is morbidly obese, his or her sex life often suffers, particularly when sexual desire, performance, and enjoyment all fall flat.
Your sexual experiences will increase when you lose weight and get rid of the fat and flab. Your self-esteem and self-confidence will soar, and it won't be long until you're back in the bedroom like you used to be.