‘Fat Pride’ Key to Better Sex for Obese Women
Despite theِ widespread attitude inِ many societies thatِ fat bodies aren’t sexy, plus-size women canِ have satisfying sexual relationships ifِ they accept theirِ bodies, a small study finds.
The subjects wereِ classified asِ obese orِ morbidly obese based onِ body mass index, withِ theirِ weights ranging fromِ 215 pounds toِ 500 pounds (98 kilograms toِ 227 kilograms).
Almost allِ of theِ women reported thatِ body shame, self-ridicule andِ numerous attempts toِ lose weight hadِ affected theirِ relationships andِ sex lives inِ the past.
Why body image makes a difference
Those studies haveِ shown thatِ high levels ofِ body self-consciousness dampen sexual pleasure, arousal, assertiveness andِ self-esteem, Gailey wrote inِ the July issue ofِ the journal Fat Studies.
Heavy women areِ prime candidates forِ negative body image, partly due toِ social stigmas againstِ fat.
Going fromِ fat shame toِ fat pride canِ becomeِ empowering forِ women whoِ areِ able toِ move beyondِ trying toِ change theirِ bodies toِ a focus onِ developing satisfying relationships withِ lovers andِ themselves, despiteِ the tremendous social stigma ofِ fat, sheِ wrote.
Understanding size acceptance
Gailey usedِ theِ word fat inِ herِ research insteadِ of overweight orِ obese becauseِ it isِ the preferred term ofِ the size-acceptance movement, whichِ dates backِ to 1969, whenِ theِ National Association toِ Advance Fat Acceptance wasِ founded.
The word ‘obesity’ isِ a highly contentious word inِ the size-acceptance community, becauseِ it denotes a medical condition andِ problematizes human diversity, Gailey wrote inِ anِ email toِ LiveScience.
The newِ study isِ one ofِ the firstِ to collect data onِ fat women’s ownِ perspectives aboutِ their sex lives.