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03 July 2017

From struggling to get it up to low libido, this is how being fat can RUIN your sex life

IT’S no secret that being fat is bad for your health.

Obesity increases your risk of type two diabetes, heart disease, stroke and 11 types of cancer.

Being overweight can impact your sex life as well as your overall health
Being overweight can impact your sex life as well as your overall health
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But did you know it can also spell trouble in the bedroom?

It won’t just leave you feeling a little out of breath either, those extra pounds can make it harder for a man to get an erection and for women to become aroused.

Not to mention the way it impacts self esteem, making people feel a lot less sexy in the bedroom.

Obesity levels in the UK have more than trebled in the last 30 years and, based on current estimates, more than half the population could be obese by 2050, according to the NHS

About 58 per cent of women and 68 per cent of men in England are considered overweight or obese.

But a recent study has found that weight loss and a healthier lifestyle can improve a person’s sex life.

People who are overweight may have problems with their hormones and struggle to become aroused
People who are overweight may have problems with their hormones and struggle to become aroused
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Here’s how being fat can impact your performance between the sheets…

1. It affects your biological function

Having excess fat tissue can disrupt your hormonal and chemical process needed for good sex, according to not-for-profit organisation Sex Health Matters.

For example, fat tissue may be linked to lower levels of an enzyme needed to produce nitric oxide.

Nitric oxide is an important neurotransmitter for erections – it tells your nerves you are aroused so they can react in the correct way.

If your body is unable to produce nitric oxide to send the message of arousal, you may find it harder to get it up.

Men who have diabetes are more likely to suffer erectile dysfunction and from a younger age than men who don't have diabetes
Men who have diabetes are more likely to suffer erectile dysfunction and from a younger age than men who don’t have diabetes
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2. It can cause conditions that lead to bad sex

many people who are overweight tend to have underlying conditions that affect their sexual function.

Metabolic syndrome, diabetes and heart disease are good examples of this.

Men with diabetes are more likely to develop erectile dysfunction than men who do not have diabetes.

These men are also more likely to start having trouble with erections at a younger age.

Diabetic women also have trouble with arousal and natural vaginal lubrication, which the body produces naturally when a woman is turned on.

The reason for this is that diabetes can damage blood vessels and the nervous system, causing reduced blood flow and a loss of sensation down there.


3. It can cause emotional distress

There is a growing pressure on both men and women to look toned and fit.

In many cultures lean and thin is in and those who are overweight are shunned and made to feel less sexy.

When people are viewed as unattractive and become the butt of cruel jokes they are more likely to shy away from socialising and relationships.

The emotional distress coupled with the physical problems can dramatically affect a person’s ability to perform in the bedroom.

For example, a man who is worried about his erectile dysfunction and self-conscious about his weight is more like to worry about pleasing his partner, Sex Health Matters wrote.


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