Man Boobs Has Psychological Impact on Teen Boys

Filed under: Man Boobs,Real Stories - 30 Apr 2013  | Spread the word !

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A recent study published in the April issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons – revealed that persistent breast enlargement negatively affects self-esteem and other areas of mental and emotional health in teenage boys.


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The study was conducted by American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) member Dr. Brian I. Labow and his colleagues of Boston Children’s Hospital and showed that even mild man boobs can have adverse effects in adolescents on the psychological level.

The researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston examined the physical and psychosocial impact of man boobs and the severity of this condition using data from surveys administered to 47 teenagers with man boobs – gynecomastia – and 92 male adolescent controls, aged 12-21.

Their findings suggested that patients with gynecomastia had a higher body mass index (BMI) than controls. Regardless of BMI category, patients with man boobs had lower scores in three Short-Form 36 domains (general health, social functioning, and mental health) and Rosenberg Self-Esteem scores as compared with controls.

There was no difference between patients and controls in the Eating Attitudes Test-36 scores. The severity of man boobs had no impact on survey scores, independent of body mass index category.

Man boobs was associated with lower self-esteem. This, along with impairment in emotional areas of quality of life, appeared directly linked to gynecomastia, rather than being overweight.

Our results indicate that careful and regular evaluation for gynecomastia may benefit adolescents regardless of body mass index status or severity of gynecomastia”, wrote the authors. “Additional prospective studies examining treatment outcomes in this population are needed”, they suggested.


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The negative psychological effects of man boobs were similar for teens at different levels of severity. “Merely having gynecomastia was sufficient to cause significant deficits in general health, social functioning, mental health, self-esteem, and eating behaviors and attitudes compared with controls”, wrote the researchers.

Man boobs is benign enlargement of the male glandular tissue and is very common in teenage boys. Although this condition usually resolves over time, the problem persists in about 8% of boys. Typically, those with gynecomastia who are overweight or obese may simply be advised to lose weight.

However, losing weight won’t solve the problem in patients with true glandular enlargement, or in those with a large amount of excess skin in the pectoral area.

As a result, early intervention and treatment for gynecomastia may be necessary to improve the negative physical and emotional symptoms”, added the authors.

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The Story Of A Man With Gynaecomastia

Filed under: Real Stories - 17 Jul 2012  | Spread the word !

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This is the story of Alex. He suffers of gynaecomastia, a condition popularly known as man boobs. Years ago, he had a surgery to reduce his breasts, but apparently this didn’t help him on the long term. As an effect, Alex is once again struck with the same issue and has to deal all over again with the problem that he tried to get rid of years ago. Dr. Christian is the name of the doctor that examines him and takes note of the fact that the right breast of Alex has an excess of skin. Unfortunately for him, in order to get rid of the extra tissue he has, Alex has to undergo surgery once again. His story is a part of a series named Embarrassing Bodies, which tries to show that people who have this type of problems (like man boobs) can find a solution in order to be at peace with themselves and with their looks. Dr. Christian, the one that attends the case of Alex has no choice but to send him to surgery once again in order to help him recover the balance of his body and in the same time his self confidence.

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Unfortunately, Alex is not the only man suffering of gynaecomastia. Even teenagers suffer of this embarrassing illness. Luckily for them, if they are not obese, they have chances to get rid of them as they become adults. About 60% of the teenage boys develop man boobs in the adolescence and in the end, 30% of those that had them remain with them. If treatment is insured, the problem can disappear even before the boys reach adulthood.

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In the case of Alex, the one and only solution is surgery, but in the cases in which man boobs did not had enough time to develop, other solutions can be found to make sure the man having them does not reach the point in which he needs to be operated. Alex is a case which presents adult gynaecomastia and in his case, physical exercises may only help to maintain his figure. As the elasticity of his skin is lost because of his age, he does not have a choice, but to perform the surgery and to pay attention to his following diet and lifestyle. In his case, the exercises are good only after his recovery and for maintenance, as he will not be able to get rid of his excessive grown right breast only by doing this type of effort. In any case, it is good to know that chest workouts are very good for men even if they are or not in the danger of developing man boobs.

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