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Body Image, Binge Eating, and Sexual Dysfunction in Women

Aug 22, 2017

Researchers Look at Connections Among Body Image, Binge Eating, and Sexual Dysfunction in Women

Poor body image esteem and binge-eating tendencies in women are linked to sexual distress and dysfunction, according to new research in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Body esteem and dissociation during sex are particularly linked, the researchers found.

It’s not uncommon for women with eating disorders to experience sexual problems, such as low desire, poor arousal, vaginismus, or trouble with orgasm.

In fact, some of the same factors that contribute to eating disorders also impact sexual function. One is body esteem. A woman may feel that she is not thin enough, undergo a strict diet, then eat excessively (binge eating). The guilt and shame she feels may prompt her to vomit or exercise vigorously.

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