Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality, Volume 5, Jan. 15, 2002

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FACTORS IN THE SEXUAL SATISFACTION OF
OBESE WOMEN IN RELATIONSHIPS

Lilka Woodward Areton
Chililka@msn.com

Abstract

A sample of 112 obese women who had been or were at present in long-term relationships completed a questionnaire to determine the correlates of sexual relationship satisfaction. Sixty-seven percent of the women reported being sexually satisfied. A linear regression analysis showed sexual relationship satisfaction correlated significantly with sexual communication, positive body image, and partner enjoyment of the sexual relationship. Less important to the sexual satisfaction of these participants were their weight, their age and their partnerís attitude regarding weight. There was a high correlation between the weight negativity and body image (-.780).These findings suggest that appropriate sexual therapy for the obese couple may lie more in greater couple communication and improved body image than in weight loss.

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