Men Who Can’t See Their Weenie Die Young
By Sam Webb A health group is urging men to strip off, look down and find out if they can see...
By Sam Webb
A health group is urging men to strip off, look down and find out if they can see their penis to test if they're obese.
A men's health awareness website has launched 'The Big Check' to encourage men to take a serious look at their weight by taking a serious look at their manhood.
A survey of 1,000 British men and found that a third of men aged between 35 and 60 years are 'unable to see their penis' because of their bellies.
Medical group 'We Love Our Health' who funded the study, said: 'If your stomach is starting to obstruct the view of your manhood you shouldn't ignore it.
'Not only can it knock years off your lifespan but it could put you at serious risk from life threatening illness.'
Campaign member Dr Sarah Brewer told MSN Health: 'Men care more about maintaining their cars than their own bodies, and often only see the doctor if told to by a female partner or relative.'
She urged men who can't see their manhood to adopt a healthier lifestyle to shift the view-obscuring weight.
Being overweight means men are more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes, colon cancer, heart disease and other health problems.
Plus carrying weight around the middle has been found to be particularly risky. A recent study from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester found people of normal weight who carry extra fat around their belly had a higher risk dying from heart disease than obese people.
That is why a waist measurement is seen as a more accurate reflection of a person's health than their body mass index or BMI, which is calculated using height and weight measurements.
'Our research shows that if a person has a normal BMI, this by itself should not reassure them that their risk for heart disease is low,' said study researcher Dr Francisco Lopez-Jimenez.
'Where their fat is distributed on their body can mean a lot.'
According to the British Heart Foundation, men who have a waist size that is over 37 inches are putting their health at risk, while for women it is 31.5 inches.