A teenage boy from the eastern China recently underwent a successful surgery to partially remove one of his breasts that grew into the size of an A-cup bra.
The 19-year-old patient noticed his right breast started growing when he was only 13 and experts believe that his ‘man boob’ was caused by the consumption of fast food.
According to Chinese newspaper Qianjiang Evening Post, the patient, known by a pseudonym Xiao Yang, lives in the Cangnan county of Zhejiang Province.
The teenager noticed a significant growth in his right breast six years ago. He and his parents had visited numerous hospitals but failed to find a cure.
Not until after they went to the Wenzhou Central Hospital in early July, and were received by Dr. Pan Zhongliang, the chief physician.
Dr. Pan is said to have given Xiao Yang a B-scan ultrasonography, which showed a growth in his right breast’s mammary gland and it was about the size of an A-cup bra. His left breast appeared normal and did not show any signs of swelling.
According to the doctor, he and his team performed a mastectomy on Xiao Yang and was discharged from the hospital five days later.
Xiao Yang’s breast growth is believed to have been caused by a hormonal imbalance, but it is not likely to grow back following the surgery.
He added that the condition is likely to be caused by eating too much fast food and puffed food, due to the ‘gender-bending’ chemicals in them.
Dr. Pan further suggested men should avoid eating foods like fried chicken, soy milk, and royal jelly.
The condition is called gynecomastia, which is characterized in men by the growth of women-like breasts.