May 6, 2011

Is Obese Sex Bad Sex?

1 Obese Are Less Satisfied with Their Sex Lives

Obese people are less satisfied with their sex lives than their slimmer counterparts, says a study from Duke U that queried 134 women and 93 men about their sexual behavior. Participants, all of whom were obese - but not so overweight that they were unable to have sex - were asked detailed questions about their relationships, sex drive, arousal and orgasms. "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,” says Dr. Truls Ostbye. The study didn’t say why sex for obese people is less satisfying but, says Dr. Ostbye, doctors “should keep in mind the possibility of reduced sexual quality of life among their obese patients, and invite them to discuss the issue.”

More at CBSNews.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Obesity Harms Sexual Health

Tags: Duke University, Obesity, Quality of Life, Relationships, Sex, Sex Drive, Sexual Behavior, Sexual Behavior of Obese People, Dr. Truls Ostbye, Arousal, Orgasms

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Fewer Think They're Fat

2 Less Concerned About Weight Loss Than Ever

The number of Americans concerned about weight loss is at an all-time low, says the nonprofit International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation, a group which conducts yearly surveys on weight loss efforts. Only 50 percent of respondents described themselves as overweight in 2011, compared with 57 percent in 2010. However, 34 percent of 2011 respondents were obese, and 34 percent were overweight. Compared to the 2010 survey, more responders to the 2011 survey say that their diets are healthy, and fewer are making changes to those diets. According to WebMD, the survey also found that many Americans don't bother counting calories, or attempt to balance the calories consumed and burned. In addition, the survey reveals that inactivity is on the rise since last year.

More at WebMD | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Weight Loss Drugs, Weight Loss Help, Weight Loss Concerns, Americans Not Concerned Weight, International Food Information Council

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Both More Often Than Women

3 Men Think About Food As Much As Sex

If you thought men only had one thing on their minds, think again. A study from Ohio State University finds that they are just as likely to think about food and sleep. The researchers asked 120 men and 163 women to keep tally of how often they had a thought about one of the three topics and men think about sex roughly once every waking hour or about 18 times a day, which is more than the 10 times a day that women tend to think about it. However, men also think about food and sleep more often than women as well. The researchers do note that the study had several limitations, including the fact that only college-aged participants were tracked. Lead author Terri Fisher notes that another study is in the works for those over 25.

More at NY Daily News | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Pumpkin Pie Smells Enhance Sexual Arousal in Men, Obese Less Satisfied with Sex Lives

Tags: Food, Health, Men's Health, Sex, Sleep

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Key to a Better HIV Vaccine

4 Gene Allows Rhesus Monkeys to Resist SIV Infection

A study published in Science Translational Medicine found that most of the 50 percent of rhesus monkeys who resisted becoming infected with SIV, equivalent to HIV in humans, despite repeated exposure to the virus over a two-week period expressed a gene known as TRIM5. Researchers are hoping that understanding how this gene prevents infection will help them develop a more effective vaccine against HIV. When making a vaccine, both antibody responses and the genetic makeup of individuals being vaccinated are important factors that determine its efficacy. In 2009, an HIV vaccine showed modest and short-lived protection in a trial conducted in Thailand. Hopefully this type of research will result in future vaccines that elicit a better antibody response and provide longer-lasting immunity.

More at Yahoo! AFP | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Protein Offers Clues to Fighting HIV

Tags: HIV, HIV Vaccine, Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Simian Immunodeficiency Virus, SIV, Resistance to HIV Infection, TRIM5 Gene, HIV/AIDS, Science Translational Medicine Journal, Vaccine-Induced Antibody Response Against HIV

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