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Monday, 02 June 2014 11:47

Sex Before - And After Weight Loss

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Did you know that obese people have 25 more times more complaints about their sex life than normal weight individuals?

There's even proof, Duke University confirms sex can definitely be improved after weight loss with several studies. One study was with 187 obese adults, " ...they were asked about their sex lives before and after they lost weight. It turned out the proportion of women who did not feel sexually attractive fell from 68 percent before they began a weight loss program, to 26 percent a year later. Other research with men at Duke University indicated sex also improved but the improvements were less dramatic, probably because there are a lot more appearance-related pressures on women."

Men, Sex and Health Conditions – They are All Related

charles-atlasFor men the complaints revolve around sexual performance, (ED or erectile dysfunction), low libido, enjoyment of sex and even avoidance of sex. This frequently has to do directly with health problems associated from being overweight like high cholesterol, hypertension, and diabetes.

ED is not just a simple matter of aging. It's more of a condition of bad health. Vascular problems and diabetes can prevent efficient blood flow to all parts of the body, including the penis, causing problems with performance in the bedroom.

Cardiovascular conditions are known for decreasing oxygen supply to the peripheral nerves and leading to serious damage to the death of nerve tissues. Diabetes with high blood glucose levels is also a leading cause of peripheral neuropathy. It's not just about nerve damage to the kidneys, vision and peripheral nerve damage around the feet and hands. There are sensitive nerve endings that can be damaged throughout the body, including the sex organs.

Even more frustrating are the numerous medicines taken for many of the above mentioned conditions. The side effects from taking them contribute to ED too.

One recent study confirmed that these conditions including ED are even applicable to younger men in their 20's and 30's! Regardless of age, people who have poor eating habits and unhealthy lifestyle habits can still have poor health conditions, right along with a slow sex life in the bedroom.

Women and Sex

464772027-wWomen in general seem to be more stigmatized by self-esteem esteem when it comes to their weight issues and feeling sexually appealing. Society influences this because it favors youth and beauty, and of course having a thin body. Being overweight may compound the self-esteem problem as a woman ages.

Unfortunately we live in a judgmental society where overweight people are always going to find it harder looking for a partner. It seems okay for a man to be overweight if he has a high-paying job or comes from a rich family, whereas it is almost impossible to find a groom for a young woman who merely "has a nice personality" - in other words a woman who's usually overweight and not attractive.

With women, lack of self-confidence and embarrassment might be more of an issue with a sexually active lifestyle. Assertiveness around dating and sexual encounters, even with a spouse are affected when women are overweight.

This might be called 'sexual self-esteem' for women, as it has more to do with how she sees herself, being more sexually appealing and attractive. It's literally how she perceives herself in the bedroom.

Hormone Imbalance and Feeling Sexy

Another issue with obesity for both women and men, may have to do with hormone levels and how they affect general libido (and even fertility). Obesity lowers the predominant hormone, testosterone (women have this hormone too) the primary hormone responsible for libido. This occurs primarily because increased body fat binds to the sex hormone-binding with globulins (SHBG). This simply means there is less of the sex hormones to handle the demand of a normal sex life. Lack of these hormones add to the problem of inhibiting the sex drive.

So How Much Happiness is Sex Worth?

Maybe you are wondering how much happiness sex is worth, at least monetarily? An article in Netscape, Money and Business came out with some interesting findings: "Having sex at least once a week provides as much happiness as putting $50,000 in the bank. A lasting marriage offers about $100,000 worth of happiness a year, meaning a single person would need to receive $100,000 annually to be as happy as a married person with the same education, job status, and other characteristics."

This was according to the New York Times. David G. Blanchflower of Dartmouth College and Andrew J. Oswald of the University of Warwick in England analyzed self-reported sexual activity and levels of happiness with more than 16,000 American adults since the early 1990s. Apparently this is the first study done relating directly to money, happiness and sex. This information is based on a new branch of economics called "Happiness Economics." It equates economics to human emotion.

An active sex life can improve general happiness even compared to monetary success. But if you are not healthy or have low self-esteem because of being overweight this can certainly hinder sexual activity and your happiness.


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