The study included a completed sexual questionnaire which covered areas such as interest, desire, arousal, orgasm, satisfaction, behavior, relationship, masturbation and sexual problems.
Dr. Truls Ostbye, a professor who was one of the main conductors of this research said in a Duke news release ”We found that there was lower sexual satisfaction and lower sexual quality of life among women than men, and overall sexual quality of life was low among both groups.” To give somewhat of a meaning to this research, The researchers also compared the obese patients’ scores to the results from a group of cancer survivors and a general population group.
Obese women’s scores were lower than both those groups’ scores, while obese men’s scores were between the scores of the cancer survivors and the general population group.
Within the news release, Dr. Ostbye and his team concluded by this statement, “ Our findings contribute to a growing body of research that indicates obesity is associated with reduced sexual functioning and sexual quality of life among both men and women.
The study appears in the May/June of the Journal Of Sex and Marital Therapy.
By Alex Asiedu