New research reveals less than one in five (18.5%) Brits feel satisfied with their sex lives.
If that wasn’t bad enough, we’re having less sex than ever before.
It was previously thought that the average couple gets down and dirty between two and three times a week but now the normal couple shares just one sex session in the seven-day period.
The cause of this sexless epidemic appears to be the nation’s lack of body confidence, according to a study by diet brand LighterLife Fast.
Researchers found that low self-esteem is having a negative impact on the sex lives of Brits, with many having a conservative and unsatisfactory sex life as a result – particularly those who are overweight.
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Over half of British women (53.3%) confessed to feeling uncomfortable with their figures.
This notably peaked in the overweight population, with just 38.5% of those who are overweight saying they’re body confident.
In comparison, 72.8% of those with a “normal” body weight feel happy with their physiques.
Overweight people were less likely to describe their sex lives as passionate, romantic or adventurous, instead they described their bedroom antics as conservative.
Around 70% of youngsters have sex once a week, but 36% get between the sheets several times a week
Celebrity sex expert Tracey Cox said: “Body confidence is crucial for a satisfying sex life.
“Body confidence is crucial for a satisfying sex life”
Tracey Cox, sex expert
“The research also showed that there are far more of us who worry about being overweight than underweight, with ‘Not tonight dear, I’m having a fat day’ being very much alive and kicking in Britain today.
“Losing or maintaining a healthy weight and having more body confidence were the two things most likely to make us more adventurous in our sex lives, with one third of Brits saying they’d be more likely to try exciting new sex positions and locations if they were more body confident.
“It also seems we worry more about our jiggly bellies than any other body part and – no surprise here – almost 48% of women would feel more body confident if they had less belly fat or lost weight.”
The bedroom expert added: “The statistics also reflect how much our body confidence influences how we behave in the bedroom, with a sizeable number of people who considered themselves overweight saying they were put off sex due to feeling tired, fat, having low self-esteem and a lack of body confidence.
“Those who are overweight were also most likely to describe their sex lives as conservative and 27% of underweight people were most likely to describe their sex lives as boring and unromantic.
“The better you feel about your body, the less inhibited you are in bed leading to more adventurous, inventive sex.
“I’m also not surprised to find most of those who were body confident, were within a healthy range in body weight. Being unhealthily overweight erodes confidence and self-esteem, and is nearly always the result of an unhealthy lifestyle and diet. This has a knock on effect: a bad diet means no energy, which means no enthusiasm for life in general.
“In short, a healthy body usually equates to a healthy and satisfying sex life.”
Tracey also shared her top tips for feeling sexier between the sheets – here are 10 ways you can be more body confident in bedroom.