The most common cause of penises to look like they’re shrinking, or to appear small is obesity. When a man is overweight, he collects fat in his pubic mound, which encases his penis making it look smaller often referred to as “Buried Penis Syndrome”.
Ira Sharlip, MD, clinical professor of urology at the University of California, San Francisco, says, “A large pubic fat pad makes the penile shaft look shorter.”
“In some cases, abdominal fat all but buries the penis,” says Ronald Tamler, MD, PhD, co-director of the Men’s Health Program at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. “One way I motivate my overweight patients is by telling them that they can appear to gain up to an inch in size simply by losing weight.”
If the erect penis is measured correctly when overweight ie Bone Pressed Erect Length (BPEL), the erect size should be similar every time. BPEL measurement involves pushing the ruler hard into the fat pad, squashing it down as far as it goes. Measuring without pushing the ruler is called “Non Bone Pressed Erect Length” (NBPEL) and if you’re obese you will find your NBPEL differs a little to your BPEL. Your real size is the BPEL, not the NBPEL.
Average Size men and Obesity
Many men mistakenly judge their penis size based on their soft/flaccid penis. If their soft/flaccid penis is in fact encased by pubic fat (Buried Penis Syndrome), then it can look very small in some cases, depending on the extent of the obesity. Some men have reported being average size (5-6 inches BPEL) but due to morbid obesity their erect penises can appear less than 5 inches NBPEL).
In these extreme cases the penis hasn’t shrunk necessarily, although it’s common for penises to shrink a little as men get older. It’s mostly due to the fat deposits around their pubic and groin areas that make their once average sized penises look smaller. The average sized penis is still there, it’s just their bodies have gotten much bigger.
The penis does not get larger with obesity, unlike male breasts for example. Your penis usually stays pretty much the same size. So losing weight can restore the appearance of your penis back to what it was. More importantly for many men, it can make your soft/flaccid penis look much larger which can help restore your confidence.
Obesity also comes with many other health risks, but getting a small penis is not often mentioned when discussing it.
Small Penis Men & Obesity
Just as with average sized men, obesity will greatly reduce the size of your soft/flaccid penis, and can make your erect penis a little shorter too. Men less than 5 inches BPEL can appear to have very small penises as a result of obesity. In cases of extreme morbid obesity, some men can even look like they have a micropenis. When in fact medically they don’t have a micropenis, it’s just the obesity that makes it so. That’s how much of an impact obesity can have on your penis size.
One of the most common side effects of obesity for men who have very small penises to begin with is that their penises can become fully encased in the pubic fat pad when flaccid/soft. This creates what is colloquially referred to as a flaccid-inny or a mangina.
One man emailed us and told us that in his late teens his penis was 4.5 inches erect and he had a difficult time coming to terms with his small penis even back then. Now he is in his forties and weighs 150Kg’s (330 pounds), his NBPEL now measures 3 inches . However, he reports his BPEL is still near 4.5″ When his penis is soft/flaccid it is completely swallowed by his pubic mound like in the image above. This scenario is not uncommon among obese men.
Having a soft/flaccid penis fully encased in pubic fat can create other problems too:
- Urinating can become problematic, and create instances of incontinence. Some men may be required to sit when urinating.
- Having a soft/flaccid penis that is always encased in the pubic fat pad can lead to fungal infections if the penis is not kept clean and dry.
- Rashes from poor hygiene, heat, and sweat.
- Odour problems.
You may have read the comment that fat men always have little dicks, and while this is true in some cases, most of the time the shorter penises are caused by the obesity. If theses men were to lose the weight they’d revert to looking like other guys.