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Ed Barrow Donating Member (585 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-15-10 09:44 PM
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Worse sexual health for obese
Edited on Tue Jun-15-10 09:45 PM by Ed Barrow
Source: Reuters

Obese women have four times as many unplanned pregnancies as healthy-weight women despite having less sex, and obese men are more likely to have sexual diseases despite fewer partners, scientists said on Wednesday.

In a study showing how obesity can harm sexual health, French and British researchers also found that obese women are less likely to ask for contraceptive advice or use the pill, and obese men are more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction.

With obesity epidemics overwhelming many wealthy nations and threatening increasing numbers of developing countries, experts said the public health impact of the findings was important. In the United States, for example, two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese.

'In public health terms, the study lends a new slant to a familiar message: that obesity can harm not only health and longevity, but your sex life,' Sandy Goldbeck-Wood, a specialist in psychosexual medicine at Britain's Ipswich Hospital, wrote in an editorial on the study in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).


Read more: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/TechandScience...
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Newest Reality Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-15-10 09:56 PM
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1. Gee, is it overeating or
could the obesity epidemic be a combination of factors that stem from the kinds of foods being consumed?

We have high fructose corn syrup in so many foods and drinks, additives up the wazoo and enticements everywhere. Television pours, "Aren't you hungry?" down the receptive channels and restaurants are practically ubiquitous. Nothing like a little Pavlov to sell a desire for more food when eating should simply be an act that ends at satiation.

Obesity is easily commodified though. As long as there is a profit to be made, it is all good and will continue until people start to become aware that they are being treated like the livestock their owners consider them to be. It is not hard to see what, (beyond an illness or genetic proclivity) is increasing the breadth and width of people exposed to a manufactured life that is totally out of balance with nature.

When you add in the sedentary nature of most human livestock, which includes copious feeding at the video tit and deep immersion in virtual game worlds, it seems that obesity is simply your body's way of telling you that something is really wrong with the culture you are controlled and so easily manipulated by.
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mntleo2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-15-10 10:33 PM
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3. Poverty = Obesity Too
Because feeding a family on a low income requires stretching the meal using starchy and fatty foods. Food stamps allow $!.19 per person per meal. Tell me how anyone could feed a family of 4 an entire meal for $4.80 that is healthy. As more and more families fall below the poverty line, obesity is their fate.

Just sayin' ...

Cat in Seattle
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Newest Reality Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-15-10 11:34 PM
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8. Yup!
The cheapest diet is the worst, all around, today.

Consider the costs of a McCorporate fast-foods or heavily processed garbage versus produce and organic. Many people are eating the equivalent of dog food today without a clue.

One gander at the movie Food Inc. is a good start on how the elite feed their livestock and manage to get them to think it is wholesome and healthy.
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Alcibiades Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-15-10 10:06 PM
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2. But this was in France!
No reason to assume that fat Americans are like fat French people. In France, for example, it seems possible that the fat men get more STDs because they turn to prostitutes for sex: here, fat guys just go have sex with another fat person.
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Newest Reality Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-15-10 11:40 PM
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9. I apologize.
I was at the store today in America and saw the disproportionate numbers of extended Americans and hence, my rant. I don't even intend to put them down or be condescending as I see them as victims.

So, yes, I was OT when it comes to STDs and weight. However, I think the influence of Western corporations and the so-called food they manufacture is affects more than the US, even though Europeans tend to be far more enlightened then we are about the issue.

Maybe it is not so much about cultures and commodities as it is about the rampant, unmitigated effects of complexity and profit as influences on diet in general?
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Alcibiades Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-16-10 07:09 AM
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11. Personally, I blame television
A perfect device for destroying the mind and the body.
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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-15-10 10:49 PM
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4. If you do it right, you get all the exercise you need n/t
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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-15-10 10:49 PM
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5. Pregnancy Is NOT a Disease
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quakerboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-15-10 10:55 PM
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6. True enough
My first thought was... Welp, now someones gonna write a book telling all the people who need fertility help to start getting fat now.
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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-15-10 11:06 PM
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7. I know a woman who delivered 3 months too early and the baby died on her due date
Mother didn't gain enough weight to sustain the pregnancy (she had "fat" issues and is anorexic anyway.)

I'm tired of women getting picked on. I don't believe the definitions of obese are fair, accurate or useful, especially for women. There's a cultural bias as bad as the Victorian era, and the researchers are just as blind to it.
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Socal31 Donating Member (707 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-16-10 12:43 AM
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10. Why does this need a study?
Poor eating habits and lack of exercise is going to be a crisis for a long time to come.
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