How Obesity can Ruin Your Sexual Health

Our homegrown foods seem to have been replaced with processed, frozen and sweetened fast foods these days due to our busy schedule. We tend to consume a lot of calories from these junk foods and this, in turn, will create potentially unwanted fat deposits in our bodies. Obesity is a severe physical condition that is often accompanied by critical medical conditions, such as diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, etc.

What does it mean to be obese?

The widespread of obesity throughout the world is increasing at an alarming rate, 1 in 3 persons living in the US alone is obese while it is 1 in 5 in the UK. An individual is obese if they weigh above 20 percent of their ideal weight, the Body Mass Index (BMI) is usually the benchmark for which a person can be considered obese or not.

The Body Mass Index is usually calculated by dividing a person’s weight in kilogram, by the square of their height in meter. A person with Body Mass Index up to 25 kilograms per meter squared (kg/m²) is considered to be overweight, and individuals with BMI of 30 kg/m² is said to be obese.

How does obesity affect sexual health?

Apart from being a critical health condition, obesity can also impair your sexual health in more ways than one. Obesity can invoke infertility in women and may even hinder conception. One of the most critical factors that trigger sexual arousal is physical attraction, being overweight or obese can have an adverse effect on your sexual life in this aspect. Aside from leaving you depressed and with low self-esteem, people often see overweight or obese people differently than others, anyone would more or less assign a physical assignment to a person who is fit and healthy as opposed to being fat or obese.

Being overweight or obese can trigger the feeling of unsatisfaction and frustration, not being able to participate actively in a sexual relationship can often make you feel unattractive and unwanted. The sight of your naked body might even discourage you, and you might end up focusing more on how unattractive you might look and less on how you are going to give/derive sexual pleasure to/from your partner.

Obesity can also evoke sexual dysfunction. Medical conditions affiliated with obesity, such as diabetes mellitus, high blood cholesterol, hypertension, along with inflammation of the blood vessels can hinder the circulation of blood, to the genital organs which is crucial for sexual arousal. When the inner walls of blood vessels are damaged or ruptured, it effectively impaired the flow of blood to the genitals and this results in erectile dysfunction in men. One other risk factor for erectile dysfunction is under-secretion of testosterone -which can also be brought about by obesity.

Excessive belly fat can lead to hormone imbalance in women as well. It may trigger the release of androgens (male hormones such as testosterone) more than estrogens, and this may cause lowered libido, infertility, and inability to conceive.

Lately there are two diet plan that are very famous, it can help to reduce body weight with what you eat and when you eat. Keto-diet is about what you eat, the theory behind is sugar and carbohydrates are the main thing that make people fat; not fat itself. It encourage people to take 25% protein, 25% fiber and 50% of fat (rough figure, please check online for details). When you eat? This is related to another diet plan, intermittent fasting. The most popular intermittent fasting time is 16/8, it means you eat whatever you want in 8 hours, then rest of the time just fast. People normally implement these two diet plan together, they will skip breakfast and take lunch and dinner only. In the morning, how do you work with empty stomach?

You may heard about bullet proof coffee, it blend butter into coffee and make the coffee so rich. You will feel full after you drink it, the oil will make you feel full. Do check online with these two diet plan and mix it with exercise plan, else you will just gain the weight back after you go back to your normal food intake. Do check with doctors to plan your diet and exercise, it’s a very intense way to implement these diet plans.

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