How being overweight could harm your sex life

Being overweight not only leads to lifestyle diseases but can also dampen your sex life.

According to The Healthsite it can lead to lack of sexual stamina, sexual dysfunction and hormonal imbalance.

Medicines you take for various diseases that go hand-in-hand with obesity like diabetes, heart disease and hypertension can lead to lack of libido among other sex-related problems.

"Worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980. In 2014, more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight. Of these over 600 million were obese.39% of adults aged 18 years and over were overweight in 2014, and 13% were obese," said the World Health Organisation(WHO)

Possible effects of being overweight:

Men who are overweight stand a greater chance of suffering from Erectile dysfunction because there may me insufficient blood flow to the penis

Both men and women may suffer from hormonal imbalance and lower testosterone levels, which can inhibit sexual desires.

Buried penis syndrome could become a problem as folds of abdominal fat and skin in obese men make the penis look rather small or even ‘buried’ at times.

Flexibility may be limited resulting in a lack of variety in sexual positions.

Being overweight may lead to having less sex as self-esteem tends to take a knock leaving both genders feeling less desirable ashamed of their bodies.

Don't delay, start shedding those extra kilograms today. Not only will you become healthier but you'll also enjoy a better sex life.

WHO suggests starting with the following steps:

  • limit energy intake from total fats and sugars;
  • increase consumption of fruit and vegetables, as well as legumes, whole grains and nuts;
  • engage in regular physical activity (20 minutes per day/150 minutes per week