Next time your taste buds crave a juicy burger or a loaded pizza, beware.
Low-nutrient food and excess intake of junk diets, rising stress levels and body weight concerns are some of the biggest factors wreaking havoc on the sex life of the Capital's young urban population, says a survey by top hospital chain Max Healthcare.
The citywide study conducted among 800 men and women in the age group of 21 to 40 years to understand the impact of various lifestyle choices, habits and disease patterns on their sexual activity.
A healthy sex life: The citywide study conducted among 800 men and women in the age group of 21 to 40 years to understand the impact of various lifestyle choices, habits and disease patterns on their sexual activity.
The study found that 'most of those surveyed suffered from sexual dysfunction symptoms.'
Worse, 'nearly 18 per cent of them alone confirmed loss of interest in sex due to high intake of junk food and the resultant weight gain.'
'The survey revealed interesting insights on what men and women perceived about their lifestyle habits and the consequent effect they have on their sexual health.
'For example, hormonal issues and weight concerns impact sex drive among women while for men lack of exercise and unhealthy eating habits dampen drives,' said Dr Sujeet Jha, director of endocrinology, diabetes and obesity at Max Hospital (Saket), which conducted the study.
'It showed us that about 79 per cent women above 30 years of age blame hormonal issues for reduced sex drive. However, 77 per cent women in the age group of 21-30 years feel weight issue as a leading cause.
On the other hand, 76 per cent men above 30 years of age blame irregular/no exercise as a leading cause of reduction in sex drive, followed by 75 per cent men in the age group of 21-30 years who feel unhealthy eating habits are to blame,' adding that 75 per cent men who follow a healthy diet have a strong sex drive, while only 23 per cent men who are unhealthy eaters claim a strong sex drive.
Similarly, men and women are poles apart in their reaction to levels and types of stress, and its consequent impact on their sexual health. Men, irrespective of stress levels continue to have a higher sexual drive in comparison to women.
Also, social pressures bother women more while job pressure can dampen the drive for men. 'Over 42.5 per cent stressed men stated that they continue comparison to 36.8 per cent stressed women.
Professional stress leads to reduced sex drive in men (21.1 per cent) more than women (9.5 per cent) and women rated social pressure (66.8 per cent) followed by family pressure (48.8 per cent) and then job pressure (42.4 per cent) as the biggest cause of stress.
Men rate job pressure (52 per cent), followed by social pressure (49.4 per cent) and family pressure (41.5 per cent) as leading causes of stress.
Low-nutrient food and excess intake of junk diets, rising stress levels and body weight concerns are some of the biggest factors wreaking havoc on the sex life of the Delhi's young urban population, says a survey by top hospital chain Max Healthcare.
'Most sexual dysfunctions result from metabolic problems like high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, diabetes and obesity besides hormonal problems like low testosterone levels,' the survey said.
Over 88.3 per cent people with ideal BMI (Body Mass Index) have strong sex drive as compared to those who are obese.
However, sexual satisfaction levels are disproportionate to Body Mass Index (BMI). Other top doctors echo the concern over losing sexual desire due to obesity and eating junk food.
Dr Anoop Misra, chairman of Fortis C-DOC Centre of Excellence for Diabetes, Metabolic Diseases & Endocrinology, told MAIL TODAY that about 40 per cent of men above 40 years of age are facing problems in sexual activities due to lifestyle disorder.
A survey conducted by a Delhi hospital suggests that the sexual activity of the city's young is affected by a rise in junk food habits.
'These days what is adding to their health woes is pollution. Fertilisers and chemicals in food is another factor,' he said.
Dr Rajeev Mehta, psychiatrist at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, said an unhealthy diet and junk food can reduce the production of normal hormones which creates problems in sexual activities.
This imbalance in hormones leads to weight gain, mental and physical stress. Mehta said lifestyle disorder is 'one of the major causes of sexual dysfunction in the urban population.'