Obese adults have worse sexual health than their slimmer counterparts, despite having less sex with fewer partners, research has found.
According to research carried out by a team at France's National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM), obese women on both sides of the Channel have, on average, four times as many unplanned pregnancies as those of a healthy weight.
Furthermore, obese men were found to suffer from higher rates of sexual diseases, despite having had fewer sexual partners and despite the fact they are also more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction.
Writing up the findings in the British Medical Journal, lead researcher Professor Nathalie Bajos has suggested that low levels of self-esteem could be behind the trend.
One example of this could be women being deterred from seeking for contraceptive advice or asking their doctors for the pill.
According to the National Obesity Forum, one in five UK adults can now be regarded as being officially obese.