Slimness is associated with greater intercourse and lesser masturbation frequency

J Sex Marital Ther. 2004 Jul-Sep;30(4):251-61. doi: 10.1080/00926230490422368.


I examined the relationship of recalled and diary recorded frequency of penile-vaginal intercourse (FSI), noncoital partnered sexual activity, and masturbation to measured waist and hip circumference in 120 healthy adults aged 19-38. Slimmer waist (in men and in the sexes combined) and slimmer hips (in men and women) were associated with greater FSI. Slimmer waist and hips were associated with rated importance of intercourse for men. Noncoital partnered sexual activity had a less consistent association with slimness. Slimmer waist and hips were associated with less masturbation (in men and in the sexes combined). I discuss the results in terms of differences between different sexual behaviors, attractiveness, emotional relatedness, physical sensitivity, sexual dysfunction, sociobiology, psychopharmacological aspects of excess fat and carbohydrate consumption, and implications for sex therapy.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Body Constitution*
  • Coitus* / psychology
  • Female
  • Germany
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Male
  • Masturbation* / epidemiology
  • Masturbation* / psychology
  • Obesity / complications*
  • Obesity / psychology
  • Personal Satisfaction
  • Self Concept*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires