While that may sound like the punch line of a joke, this is no laughing matter. According to a new study, a frightening percentage of men have guts that are so big that they haven’t seen their penis for quite some time. And a belly that large is a ticket to a shorter (by as much as 9 years), far-less-healthy life (including increased risk for cancer, heart disease, and diabetes).
The study (done in England but equally applicable in the US) found that a third of men 35-60 are too obese to see their penis. For men 51-60, it’s 44 percent.
“An obese man who can’t see his penis is five times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes,” says Dr Johan du Plessis, online doctor at a new health website, WeLoveOurHealth.co.uk. Obese men are also “three times more likely to develop cancer of the colon and more than two and a half times more likely to develop high blood pressure – a major risk factor for stroke and heart disease.”