Either women or men have little control over the size of their chest. Ideally, a man’s chest is rock hard muscle or bony from the rib cage. However about 30 percent of men, according to a study in the Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism, tend to grow a pair of “man boobs” at some age in their lives.
The technical term used is gynecomastia, which is a hormone expert Rob Kominiarek, D.O., medical director of ReNue Health in Springboro, Ohio, says, development of full chest on a man, from the congenial swelling of breast tissues typically caused by an imbalance in hormones. When hormones are in their natural flux, men often start developing breasts. This happens mostly during puberty or old age (since the likelihood for gynecomastia starts going up around 50). However, otherwise too, “man boobs” can develop at any age.
1Risks of gynecomastia for men
Gynecomastia is uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing but it is not hazardous to physical health. However, it may take a noticeable psychological toll, to which Kominiarek reports, “many guys with gynecomastia suffer from self-confidence issues and can often isolate themselves because they feel it’s unsightly and embarrassing.” It is further observed that some people may face problems as serious as anxiety, social phobias, depression, or even panic attacks. Although it is likely that guys with man boobs tend to be overweight, it seems that their chest weight concerns them more than their body weight. This is based on a study in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.