Sexual Dysfunctions in Obesity

  • Emanuela BianciardiEmail author
Part of the Trends in Andrology and Sexual Medicine book series (TASM)


Obesity is an increasing global epidemic leading to short- and long-term complications and much comorbidity. Sexual dysfunctions are often associated with obesity and represent a major cause of psychological suffering. However, clinicians seem to ignore and misdiagnose sexuality when they approach patients with obesity. The aim of this chapter was to update and review the state of knowledge on the relationship between obesity and sexual dysfunction. The possible links were discussed highlighting putative mediating factors such as biological and hormonal aspects, gender difference, and medical and psychiatric comorbidities. In conclusion, deepening the comprehension of the rationale for sexual disorders in obesity may help the advances in the obesity treatments and improve patients’ quality of life.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Psychiatry, Department of Systems MedicineUniversity of Rome Tor VergataRomeItaly

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