Where Did It Go?
For centuries, men have been obsessed with their manhood. From size and length to the frequency with which they use it, many men consider their schlong the measure of their worth, for better or for worse.
So naturally, it’s pretty terrifying for the millions of men whose dongs are disappearing.
This might sound like any guy’s worst nightmare, but for millions of adults across the planet, it’s a reality. Of course, their wieners aren’t exactly shrinking or falling off their bodies, but it certainly feels that way. Why? Because with obesity affecting more people across the planet, men’s egos are getting harder to see, or indeed vanishing completely behind walls of fat.
Now, a new test is trying to scare men into staying healthy by asking them one question that makes them doubt their manliness:
Can you even see your salami?
Obesity Across the World
Obesity is considered a health epidemic across the planet, as well as one of the leading preventable causes of death worldwide. Stigmatized across the Western world, obesity is a serious medical condition that increases a person’s likelihood of suffering from various other diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
Becoming increasingly common over the past decades, obesity affects women more than men, especially in North America, some of Europe, Saudi Arabia, and Australia. The map above, from worldobesity.org, shows the prevalence of obesity in adult men across the globe, with the countries in orange being most affected.
The Big Check
As you can see from the map, one of the countries with the highest rates of obesity is the United Kingdom, where Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt called childhood obesity a “national emergency” in February 2016. In 2014, a study by the World Health Organization found that 28.1% of adults in the UK were clinically obese with a Body Mass Index greater than 30. A BMI of 25–30 is considered overweight, whereas a BMI of 35–40 is classified as severe obesity.
When the British health advocacy group WeLoveOurHealth surveyed 1,000 men ages 35–60 in the United Kingdom, they found that approximately one third (33%) of them were so fat that they couldn’t see their peckers while peeking downstairs: their baby makers were blocked by their bursting bellies.
Knowing how this fact can hit very close to home for most men, the health specialists behind the survey had an idea: they could turn this question into a campaign.