Disclosure: Dr. David B. Sarwer discloses that he has consulting relationships with Allergan, Baronova, Enteromedics, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, and Galderma. Sheri Volger is currently affiliated with Pfizer. Dr. Thomas A. Wadden discloses that he has relationships with Novo Nordisk, Orexigen, Vivus, Nutrisystem, Guilford Press, and the Cardiometabolic Support Network.
Relationship between sexual function and quality of life in obese persons seeking weight reduction
Version of Record online: 31 MAY 2013
Copyright © 2013 The Obesity Society
Volume 21, Issue 10, pages 1966–1974, October 2013
How to Cite
Moore, R. H., Sarwer, D. B., Lavenberg, J. A., Lane, I. B., Evans, J. L., Volger, S. and Wadden, T. A. (2013), Relationship between sexual function and quality of life in obese persons seeking weight reduction. Obesity, 21: 1966–1974. doi: 10.1002/oby.20398
- Issue online: 5 OCT 2013
- Version of Record online: 31 MAY 2013
- Accepted manuscript online: 20 MAR 2013 02:49AM EST
- Manuscript Accepted: 13 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Received: 21 JUN 2012
This study investigated sexual functioning in persons with obesity and seeking weight loss, and the associations of sexual functioning with relevant demographic and clinical variables as well as quality of life were investigated.
Design and Methods
Participants were enrolled in a two-year randomized clinical trial. Participants were obese and had at least two components of metabolic syndrome. Male and female sexual functioning was assessed by the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF) and the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) respectively.
The rate of female sexual dysfunction was 29%. The rate of erectile dysfunction (ED) was 45%. Of the characteristics considered, FSD was associated with age (P = 0.002). ED was significantly associated with age and physical functioning (both P < 0.01).
A large minority of patients with obesity reported sexual dysfunction. The occurrence of sexual dysfunction was associated with age, but, surprisingly, not weight-related comorbidities. This may be the result of the nature of the study sample or the methods used to administer the questionnaires that assessed sexual functioning.