Attention men: Take off your clothes and look down. Can you see your penis? If not, you’re overweight according to a recently launched online men’s health service.
Experts at We Love Our Health, a men’s health service based in Britain, have created a simple litmus test to gauge whether or not men are overwight: Look down. If you can’t see your penis past your belly, then you may have a higher risk of developing weight-related illness such as stroke, diabetes and heart disease.
It all started this fall when British health advocates surveyed 1,000 UK males and found that 33 percent of guys between 35 and 60 years old can’t see their penises over their rotund stomachs when they look down. The results were so significant, that We Love Our Health launched a national campaign dubbed “The Big Check” promoting the simple, albeit crude, test to encourage positive lifestyle changes.
Though it seems to work overseas, domestically, the idea has received some skepticism. Dr. Sanjay Jain, a practicing physician in the Washington, D.C. area, told MSN: “Some men may not take kindly to that kind of approach.” You think?
Still, Dr. Jain does endorse some version of the simple penis-check test for American doctors. “Are we doing a good job winning this obesity battle? No, we’re losing. Clearly, we’ve tried different methods as physicans and health professionals to get the message out to lose weight,” Jain said. “If it works, why not? Every patient has a different message that they can relate to.”
You knew this was coming: Can you see your penis?