Ask Me About My Wiener
“Can you see your penis?” Making men more concerned about their health and working proactively to live a healthier lifestyle could be as simple as making them concerned about their wieners.
According to one of WeLoveOurHealth’s doctors, Dr. Johan du Plessis, “An obese man who can’t see his penis is five times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, 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.”
Sadly, even frightening facts such as these simply haven’t been enough in the fight against obesity. Once considered a “disease of the rich,” even a privilege that demonstrated people had the resources to eat enough as to become fat, obesity in higher-income countries today largely affects people from lower socioeconomic groups.
Dr. Sanjay Jain, an American physician, commented the pros and cons of the Big Check campaign. “You’ve got to know you’re patient really well, know what they’re sensitivities are. Some men may not take kindly to that kind of approach.” Still, he admits that traditional attempts and warnings have not been working: “Are we doing a good job winning this obesity battle? No, we’re losing. Clearly, we’ve tried different methods as physicians and health professionals to get the message out to lose weight.”
So could it work in the United States, among other countries?
Don’t Miss Your Meat
As Dr. Jain points out, the Big Check gives men a very real–and very precious–reference point that could change the way they think about their obesity. “Who’s going to sit down with a calculator and punch out numbers? That takes time,” he said, referring to standard BMI tests. “So why not create real reference points? What I like about this [test] is, while it may be a crude judging tool, it’s certainly not a bad eyeball test.”
Men love their meat, and not being able to see it or remember that it’s there for an extended period of time is just about as scary as it gets. After all, size does matter, so if you can’t even see what you’re packing, it’s bound to have an effect on your ego, not to mention your overall health. Furthermore, many men report that, aside from not being able to see their genitals, their penis appears to shrink as they put on weight. While their schlong isn’t actually shrinking, it is getting partially “engulfed” by the expanding stomach and surrounding fat. Can you see your penis? And is the threat of a disappearing dong enough to get you back in shape?
Jain concluded, “If it works, why not? Every patient has a different message that they can relate to. When it comes to male patients, they don’t see the doctor that often– women tend to go more than males. But when it comes to dealing with their private parts, if there’s anything at all wrong down there, men do not hesitate to go see their doctor. So I think it’s interesting that in the U.K., they’re using the sensitivity that males have in that area and leveraging it to promote weight loss.”
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