Surprise factors impact sexuality and fertility

Surprise factors impact sexuality and fertility

Jean Gottlieb

(NC)—Slender. Toned. Tanned. Women – and men - with such bodies are generally seen as highly desirable and sexy. Which is why it may come as a surprise that thinness may deplete your sex drive - and your fertility.

“Trying to have the body we were not intended to have can lead to loss of sexual desire,” says Merryl Bear, director of the National Eating Disorder Information Centre, www.nedic.ca.

“Our bodies are designed to protect our basic survival. When we are malnourished or too thin, there are more important functions than reproduction to take care of. The physical and emotional consequences of eating disorders have a huge impact on women's and men's lives.”

That's why it is important to recognize that healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes, and to nourish ourselves physically and emotionally says Anne Elliott of Sheena's Place, www.sheenasplace.org, a Toronto eating disorder support organisation.

Concerns about eating and weight management can be addressed by a doctor, or by contacting the National Eating Disorder Information Centre.

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