An increase in belt size among men is linked to urinary and sexual dysfunction, according to new research.
Obesity could be having a more significant effect on the body than many people realise, claims leading study author Dr Steven Kaplan, underlining the need to tackle the problem.
"We have to think of the body in a much more holistic way," he explained. "What we eat can have devastating consequences on more than just our hearts.
"Quality of life issues, such as sexual and voiding health, can be affected as well in drastic ways."
Taking advantage of our enhanced understanding of the way obesity impacts men's health is key to recognising the wider impact on their lives.
Investigators found that 39 per cent of men with larger waistlines urinate more than eight times in 24 hours, compared to 27 per cent of men in the middle range.
By comparison, only 16 per cent of men with the smallest waists urinated more than eight times during 24 hours.
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