Obesity And Marriage: How One Affects The Other

Obesity and Marriage Problems
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Obesity: The Root Of All Your Marriage Problems

As people grow older, they became more confident about the love and fidelity of their partners. They tend to enjoy every bit of delicacies in life by watching movies, going out on dates and much more. And that will result to weight gain, and eventually, will lead to obesity.

Many couples experience arguments with each other at times. They will throw the blame to any mistake and unsatisfying thing that they see. But what they are not aware of is that obesity and marriage problems are related to each other.

In fact, according to a research conducted by Mark Bursztyn and Jeffrey Sobal, about 60% of women and 74% of men stated that they feel uncomfortable whenever someone who is considered obese is dating them.

And it also affects marriage. The side effects of obesity give you many marriage problems without you noticing it. And to help you with that, here are some of the ways on how obesity is already ruining your marriage.

How many people are suffering from obesity?

Simple words and studies are sometimes hard to believe. But statistics show that the number of people who are suffering from obesity is really at a larger scale. And here are some statistics that support* that:

  • Base from a survey from the Centers for Disease Control* and Prevention, within 2013-2014, about 70.7% of adults who are 20 years old and older are obese.
  • A journalist named Sarah Varney revealed in her book with real-life events how obesity complicates one’s intimate relationship.

Other studies also showed that a massive amount of people is really suffering from obesity. Everyone should be aware of it because the side effects of obesity come from all sides, including physical health, mental health and might even ruin our marriage.

The impact of obesity on finding a partner

Impact of Obesity on finding a partner

Before obesity ruins your marriage, it will actually hinder you big time in finding a sexual partner. Simply because the way you look defines your current state and how you take care of yourself. People, especially women, have a hard time finding a sexual partner if they are obese.

Also, obese women have a little chance of getting a sexual partner. This will lead to less* sexual interactions and sometimes, will lead to none.

Base from a study conducted by Nathalie Bajos in 2010, it was concluded that women who are obese find it more difficult to search for an intimate sexual partner than those women who aren’t obese. Also, it was evident in this study that while obese women suffer that problem, men who are obese don’t experience the same difficulty.

How obesity affects sex life?

When you are obese, it would be harder to move and do some action. People who are obese have less* energy and enthusiasm in everything that they do. And that involves his/her sexual energy.

In addition, people who are obese are more vulnerable to several illnesses such as depression, urinary stress incontinence and diabetes. All of these illnesses can result to problems related to your sexual interactions.

In fact, one study concluded that obese men tend to experience erectile dysfunction more than those men who aren’t obese. Also, the additional weight and skin that those obese people have made their sexual interaction more challenging because of the skeletal and muscular problems which hinders the range of their motion.

How fat belly can ruin your sex life?

How Fat Belly Ruin Your Sex Life

It is undeniable* that the excess bulge in your tummy makes everything you want to do more difficult. For example, you want to run a mile, but gets easily exhausted. But the problem with obesity, it affects everything, including your sex life.

In a study conducted at the University of Florence, they concluded that those men who are obese have a lower hormone for male testosterone level. This low level will make it harder to have an erection.

But fat belly also affects women greatly. One research stated that women who have a fat belly have a higher risk of infertility. This will affect the perception of men when it comes to choosing a female sexual partner.

Also, another study revealed that obese women have a higher risk of experiencing a miscarriage. Such problems will lead to extreme arguments between marriage couples and is an evident explanation on how obesity ruined marriages.

Aside from the many incapability in giving sexual pleasures that those people who are obese have, they also face harder problems in getting a partner. It is simply because of their physical appearance which will be the next thing that greatly impacts marriage.

Physical Appearance

Aside from destroying your sexual relationship with your partner, obesity will also make you look unattractive. This might one of the causes why your sexual relationship with your partner went down.

For women, one study from the Huffington Post stated that majority of husbands who are fitter and more attractive than their wives tend to have less* concern for their partners. When it comes to physical appearance, they demonstrated how men showed more care than most women will do.

The impact of physical appearance in a marriage greatly affects women. On the other hand, the effects of having an obese physical appearance don’t give much impact to men than women.

Mental Health

One of the great foundations of a healthy marriage is building a stable emotional and mental relationship with your partners. This is related to how you will connect with each other and handle problems.

On another note, obesity can lead to countless emotional and mental health problems. It can lead to lower self-confidence, depression, anxiety and many more. Having such problems will lead to a detrimental problem in your marriage.

  • Depression

It is one of the diseases that will affect your relationship the most. It’s hard to deal with a person who is emotionally unstable. People who have depression, mostly find themselves always on the brink of giving up. While in a relationship, no matter what happens, one must support* the other.

  • Lower self-esteem

Having a big, unhealthy body builds will make you and your partner feel uncomfortable when you are with you are together. These include dates and sexual interactions. When you are married, you should feel most comfortable when you are with each other. But with these, it might contradict the result and will make you feel less* secure about your partner.

Aside from that, another study revealed that non-obese and obese people have a wide gap when it comes to emotional and mental functioning. This is because of the health problems that is caused by obesity.

Conclusion

Once you marry your partner, your responsibilities with each other rises. Aside from feeling secure in your relationship, be sure to take good care of yourself at all times. This includes grooming, and of course, watching your weight.

Also, obesity is not a one sided problem when you are in a relationship and most especially, if you are married. Obesity and marriage problems are two things that affect one another. If you are obese, then you are most likely to experience much marriage problems than those who are not.

Simply put, in marriage, you should always love one another and watch each other’s fitness. Marriage makes the two of you a single individual. Thus, maintaining a good marriage relationship is keeping a healthy a fit life for the both of you.

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Expert Author : Mark Simms (Consumer Health Digest)

Mark Simms is a prolific freelance health and beauty writer, independent researcher with a long history and expertise of providing reliable and relatable health content for magazines, newsletters, websites including blogs and journals. He also enjoy exploring men’s and women’s health category writing articles about sex and relationships, product review and providing information on sexual health.