Obesity Surgery

, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 668–676

A Review of the Relationships Between Extreme Obesity, Quality of Life, and Sexual Function

  • David B. Sarwer
  • Megan Lavery
  • Jacqueline C. Spitzer

DOI: 10.1007/s11695-012-0588-1

Cite this article as:
Sarwer, D.B., Lavery, M. & Spitzer, J.C. OBES SURG (2012) 22: 668. doi:10.1007/s11695-012-0588-1


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.


Obesity Quality of life Sexual functioning Weight loss Body image 

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© Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • David B. Sarwer
    • 1
    • 2
  • Megan Lavery
    • 3
  • Jacqueline C. Spitzer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, Center for Weight and Eating DisordersPerelman School of Medicine at the University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, The Edwin and Fannie Gray Hall Center for Human AppearancePerelman School of Medicine at the University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA
  3. 3.Cleveland Clinic Bariatric and Metabolic InstituteClevelandUSA

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