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

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

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, 3535 Market Street, Suite 3108, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA.


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.

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