• Thit Kragelund
4. term, Master of Sexology (Continuing education) (Continuing Education Programme (Master))
Background: The societal focus on obese is primarily aimed at the health aspects and possible consequences. In this regard sexuality is rarely dealt with and it is not well illustrated how the sexual well-being is among obese persons. The purpose of this project is to investigate how overweight affects sexuality. The project illustrates how the obese experience sexual function and activity. In addition, how the obese body effects self-image in relation to sexual well-being. Method: The project is based on the qualitative research tradition and uses the qualitative interview as a data collection method. A total of 6 obese (BMI> 30) informants is included in the study. Results: The sexual difficulties that occurres, are primarily related to psychosocial aspects. This applies especially to women. The body image is of great importance to self-image, sexual activity, possible inhibitions and well-being. The experience of stigmatization, body-ideals and mental conditions also has an impact on this. Conclusion: It is relevant to deal more thoroughly with aspects that can affect the obese person's comfort with their own body and their sexual well-being. Likewise, in society or in the treatment system, one could advantageously focus on, how the view of overweight and body ideals influences the self-image, sexual relations and well-being of the obese.
Publication date21 May 2017
Number of pages50
ID: 258024430