Ask any teenage boy if he’d like a pair of breasts for the day and the response will probably be a resounding “yes!” This will usually be followed by an enthusiastic and all too detailed account of how the day would pan out with his new bosoms. But for teenage boys whose physical appearance really is defined by this curvy feminine feature, the embarrassment far outweighs the novelty. Gynaecomastia (more commonly known as ‘man boobs’) is a common condition where tender breast tissue grows under the nipples. It is usually caused by an imbalance of hormones during puberty and usually disappears without treatment within a couple of years. ‘False gynecomastia’ is when men and boys develop breasts as a result of too much fat on their chest, which is usually helped by losing weight, through a combination of healthy eating and regular exercise.
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