Study: Obese People Have Less & Risky Sex

3 Comments 17 June 2010

French Study Finds Obesity Has a Negative Impact on Sexual Health
By Katrina Woznicki | WebMD Health News | Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD

June 16, 2010 — Obesity may negatively affect sexual health, and researchers say that given the prevalence of obesity, sexual problems may become more common.

Little is known about the relationship between obesity and sexual health. French researchers studied the sexual behaviors of 12,364 men and women aged 18 to 69 ranging from normal weight to obese who lived in France in 2006. Overall, obese people were less sexually active, but when they were sexually engaged, they were more likely to practice unsafe behaviors, the researchers reported in the online edition of BMJ.

Professor Nathalie Bajos, research director at the Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Medicale in Paris, and colleagues found that among the women in the study group:

  • Unplanned pregnancies were four times higher among single obese women than normal-weight women, even though obese women were 30% less likely to have had a sexual partner in the past year.
  • Obese women were 70% less likely to use birth control pills and eight times more likely to use less effective methods, such as withdrawal. Obese women were also less likely to obtain advice about contraceptives.
  • Sexually transmitted infections contracted within the past five years were about the same between obese women and normal-weight women.
  • Obese women were five times more likely to have met a sexual partner on the Internet and to have an obese partner.
  • BMI was not associated with sexual dysfunction among women.

Among the men in the study group:

  • Obese men were nearly 70% less likely to have had more than one sexual partner in a year’s time, and were 2 and 1/2 times more likely to struggle with erectile dysfunction.
  • Obese men under age 30 were more likely to have contracted a sexually transmitted infection in the past five years.
  • Obese men aged 30 to 49 were less likely to have used condoms in the past year.


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  1. This is not overly surprising. Although I don’t have statistics, if I had to make an educated guess, I’d wager that obese people are getting laid a lot less than their thin counterparts, are more likely to troll the Internet and therefore pick up complete strangers for it, and when in the heat of the moment, are less likely to interrupt it for protection or safety, instead thinking, “Well, at least I’m getting laid” and will just go with it. Again, I can’t CITE anything, but this seems pretty obvious. When you’re young and hot, anyone will wait for you to get a condom on.

  2. Uriah Walravens says:

    As an overweight male I can agree with this adding that, as an individual, I need not feel threatened or insulted by the averages of the population I belong to.

    IE. I have sex, enjoy sex, and perform it as if I do.

  3. It’s posts like this that keep me coming back and checking this site regularly, thanks for the info!

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