On the good side of being an overweight woman is the fact that overweight women seem to have a enhanced libido. The relationship between body mass index and sexual practices was the study of Dr. Bliss Kaneshiro and it opened some eyes in the health community. The study found that 92% of overweight women reported have sexual intercourse while only 87% of normal weight women reported having intercourse. The study was based on frequency of intercourse, sexual orientation, how old they were when they first had sex and the number of partners they have had.
It was suggested by the study that overweight women get different messages from healthcare professionals about sexually transmitted afflictions and pregnancy than do the skinnier women. This different advice may influence their sexual activity.
That is not to say that overweight women don't have their problems. Being overweight can lead to poor reproductive health, as well as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, arthritis and even cancer. One of the major side effects of being overweight is the likelihood of ending up with diabetes.
It is estimated that over 27% of women are overweight or obese. The Office of the Surgeon General has determined that there is twice as much of a problem with high blood pressure for obese women as opposed to their thinner counterparts. A kind of reverse fact is the 80% of women with diabetes were overweight of obese. If you think about that, did the diabetes hasten the weight problem or did the weight problem hasten the diabetes?
When a woman is pregnant and overweight there are a number of consequences. Among them is the fact that overweight women tend to give birth to larger babies, thereby increasing the likelihood that the baby will be born via cesarean section. The problems for an obese mother are numerous during the gestational period. They are more likely to have gestational diabetes. Also the labor and delivery are problematic.