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Does Losing Weight Increase Penis Size?

Penis Size

In this blog, we are going to discuss the implication of what effects poor health has on a man’s penis. Now whilst having a bit more fat on your body doesn’t decrease your penis size in general, there are a number of risks that come with leading an unhealthy lifestyle as a male. So, let’s begin.

Penis? What Penis?

Recently, a survey from The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience found that the average size of a penis is 3.6 inches when flaccid and 5.16 inches when erect. The Guardian helpfully had an interactive chart that you could use to determine how your penis size compares, it even has sliders.

For many overweight and obese men, the challenge is not in determining how they compare but establishing if anything is there at all. In fact, 1 in 3 men are too fat to see their own penis. However, there is one simple question that works as a quick and easy diagnostic to check how likely you are to contract a range of weight-related conditions. So, first things first – can you see your own penis?

How do you measure up?

Let’s get biological. The base of the penis actually starts well inside the body. You can check this with the aid of a ruler pressed firmly against your pubic bone. That is actually the official way of measuring and involves acronyms such as BPEL and NBP, the difference between BPEL and NBP is the fat pad at the base of the penis. So essentially, the more fat you have at the base of your penis, the less your penis becomes visible to the naked eye.

Bear in mind this key stat: roughly speaking, for every 30-50lbs of excess weight you will lose an inch of visible penis. You can do the maths yourself but it doesn’t take a genius to see that the more of you that is visible, the less of your penis is on show. Did you ever need a greater motivation to lose weight? Keep gaining weight and, depending on your starting position, the fat pad and gut will gradually swallow your penis making your penis size seem smaller. It can also lead to a condition known as ‘Buried Penis’.

But ‘Buried Penis’ is just the start of the medical complications that your penis can experience when you gain weight. These conditions are often reported alongside weight gain.

Low self-esteem

If you are suffering from a buried penis, or simply the extra weight you’re carrying is not showing you at your best, then it can affect your self-confidence. When your confidence is knocked it can impact on your entire life, not just your sex life, it can lead to stress, anxiety and depression.

Reduce Stamina

Let’s be clear – just because you are overweight does not mean you aren’t fit. But many overweight and obese men report that their overall health declines when they get fat. Thus, if your cardiovascular output decreases then this can probably have an impact on your sexual performance too.

Skin Problems

When your penis is stuck among hot and sweaty folds of flesh it is a breeding ground for bacteria. This can lead to conditions such as thrush and tinea cruris, or crotch rot.

Loss of Sensation

Did you know there are 4000 sensory nerve endings at the end of the penis? This can be a problem when the extra flesh from your gut starts squashing the nerve endings in your penis. 

Circulation Problems

And it isn’t just the nerve tissue affected by surplus weight, excess weight increases the chance of circulation problems. So the amount of blood that is delivered to the penis drops and you are more likely to suffer from some form of erectile dysfunction.


For men who are concerned about their pubic fat pad or their penis size, Moorgate offers treatments including pubic fat pad removal and penis enlargement surgery and girth injections to make your package stand out a bit more. Don’t hesitate to get in touch now.

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