Men are not immune to the impact of obesity on fertility.
The greater the BMI, the higher are the chances of low sperm count and decreased motility (movement) of the sperm. Obese men often have higher than normal estrogen levels. As well, in obese men, the scrotum remains in closer contact with surrounding tissue, thus raising scrotal temperature. In addition, there is concern that genetic abnormalities that are associated with obesity can also cause infertility in men.
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TFC Ovation Research : Male Infertility
Chizhong Wang*, Ji-won Choi*, Leonardo F. Urbanoy†, Puneet Massonz‡, Matthew VerMilyea§, and Moshe Kam*; Tracking of Human Sperm in Time-Lapse Images. *Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ, USA, †70 Beharrel St., Concord, MA, USA, ‡Penn Fertility Care, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA, §Ovation Fertility, Austin, TX, USA.