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International Journal of Endocrinology
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 847871, 7 pages
Clinical Study

Health-Related Quality of Life and Quality of Sexual Life in Obese Subjects

1Medical Pathophysiology, Food Science and Endocrinology Section, Department of Experimental Medicine, “Sapienza” University of Rome, Piazzale Aldo Moro 5, 00185 Rome, Italy
2Department of Movement, Human and Health Sciences, University of Rome “Foro Italico”, 00195 Rome, Italy

Received 16 October 2013; Revised 12 January 2014; Accepted 13 January 2014; Published 23 February 2014

Academic Editor: Francesco Mattace Raso

Copyright © 2014 Eleonora Poggiogalle et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The increased prevalence of obesity represents, currently, one of the major public health issues, due to its consequences on physical and psychological health status as well as on the psychosocial functioning. As defined by the World Health Organization, sexual health is “a state of physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being in relation to sexuality.” The aim of the present study was to explore the relationship between sexual life in obese subjects and quality of life, psychological status, and disability. Methods. 95 obese subjects were recruited from June 2012 to February 2013 and underwent physical examination and measures for the assessment of quality of life, sexual life, psychological status, and disability. Results. In obese subjects sexual life was related to gender, age, psychological status, disability, and quality of life. Conclusion. As obesity is a multifactorial disease, and is accompanied by multiple comorbidities, it is difficult to identify a single causative factor responsible for the impairment of sexual life in obese subjects; thus, a thorough, multidimensional evaluation including sexual function assessment should be performed in obese people.