A review of the relationships between extreme obesity, quality of life, and sexual function

Obes Surg. 2012 Apr;22(4):668-76. doi: 10.1007/s11695-012-0588-1.


Extreme obesity is associated with significant health issues as well as substantial psychosocial burden for many individuals. Numerous studies have documented the impairments in quality of life associated with extreme obesity. Sexual behavior and functioning is an important aspect of quality of life but is frequently overlooked in research studies as well as clinical care. This paper focuses on the quality of life and sexual functioning of obese individuals with specific focus on the changes in these domains following the substantial weight losses seen after bariatric surgery.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Bariatric Surgery / psychology
  • Bariatric Surgery / statistics & numerical data*
  • Body Image*
  • Coitus / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Quality of Life*
  • Sexual Behavior / psychology
  • Sexual Behavior / statistics & numerical data*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Weight Loss*