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A Consultant Physician at St Pauls Hospital, Dr. Joseph Gbadegeshin, has urged Nigerians to embrace good dietary habits and exercise to prevent obesity.

Obesity and overweight has become a serious problem all over the county.

“Obesity is a concern because of its implications on the health of an individual as it increases the risk of many diseases and health conditions. Obesity remains a serious health issue due to the various medical complications associated with it.  This includes diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, bone problems and sleep apnea.”

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) back in 2005 approximately 1.6 billion adults over the of age 15+ were overweight, at least 400 million adults were obese and at least 20 million children under the age of 5 years were overweight. The Nigerian Report Card showed that 12 percent of Nigerian children are obese and overweight.

Dr. Gbadegeshin noted that sexual attitude, behaviour and practice are what constitute to your sexuality. This varies between individuals and it includes the physical; which encompasses sexual intercourse and practice. Because of the totality of sexuality, obese condition in both male and female can affect sexual performance, enjoyment and satisfaction respectively.

This can manifest as reduced sexual drive or desire, lack of self esteem in sexual relationship and sexual performance.

Obese individuals commonly experience some sexual dissatisfaction or sexual difficulties related to their weight. In males, for example, it has been proven that obesity can lower sexual satisfaction and cause erectile dysfunction. The relationship between obesity and female sexual dysfunction is less clear, though obesity may lead to reduced sexual desires in women. Obese people may experience social stigmatization, discrimination and prejudice because of their weight. Poor self-esteem and body image affect overall sexuality.

Overweight people may feel like sexual misfits, unattractive and undesirable, causing them to avoid potential or actual sexual relationships. Generally, those people who consider their weight to be a real problem and who seek treatment are those who have the highest rates of s3xual problems.

Obesity can also be related to sexuality in the reverse fashion. If you have had problems with your sexuality or have been the victim of sexual abuse, you may turn to binge or comfort eating to help deal with your experiences. Psychological issues may cause you to use your weight as a means of avoiding relationships or intimacy. A doctor or psychologist can help you to explore the underlying basis for your problems.

A variety of different treatments to combat obesity are available, including lifestyle changes, weight loss drugs, meal replacement programmes and surgical procedures.

 

 

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