Symptoms of sexuality-related disorders in the group of overweight and obese women
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Instytut Psychologii, Uniwersytet Kardynała Stefana Wyszyńskiego w Warszawie
II Klinika Psychiatryczna, Warszawski Uniwersytet Medyczny
Klinika Nerwic, Zaburzeń Osobowości i Odżywiania, Instytut Psychiatrii i Neurologii w Warszawie
Submission date: 2022-09-15
Final revision date: 2023-02-03
Acceptance date: 2023-03-20
Online publication date: 2023-08-20
Publication date: 2023-08-20
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Emilia Kot   

Klinika Nerwic, Zaburzeń Osobowości i Odżywiania, Instytut Psychiatrii i Neurologii w Warszawie
The aim of the study was to assess the presence of symptoms of sexuality-related disorders (S-RD) in a group of overweight and obese women and the relationship of these symptoms with maladaptive attitudes and beliefs about food, the severity of anxiety and depressive symptoms, alcohol consumption, difficulties in emotional regulation, and the general quality of life.

The study group (SG) consisted of 44 overweight/obese women, the control group (CG) consisted of 51 women with normal body weight, all aged 18–40 years. The following were used: Sexological Questionnaire, Eating Attitude Test, Eating Beliefs Questionnaire, Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, and the Quality of Life Questionnaire.

SG showed more severe S-RD symptoms, including sexual dysfunctions and sexual preferences disorders, as compared to CG. In the SG there were more significant correlations between S-RD and the studied variables, especially in the area of difficulties with emotional regulation. Negative and permissive dietary beliefs were significant for S-RD in SG, while positive beliefs were significant in CG. Additionally, the number of S-RD symptoms predicted the quality of life.

e results indicate a relationship between excessive body weight and greater severity of S-RD symptoms, as well as a relationship between the symptoms of S-RD with clinical variables and with the quality of life. Further research exploring the mechanisms of the observed relationships is necessary.

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