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Is My Weight Affecting My Penis Size?

Published: June 04, 2012
Dear Is My Weight Affecting My Penis Size?,

Hi, I'm 15, 236 lbs and I have a 1 inch soft and 3 inches erect is that normal?, does it have anything to do with me being overweight?, will it grow soon?


Dear Is My Weight Affecting My Penis Size?,

The size of your penis does not have anything to do with your being overweight. Penis size is determined by individual hereditary factors – that means that in the same way your height, hair color, eye color and more is determined before you are even born, the length of your penis is also determined by the genetic traits you inherited from your parents.

Penis size can be a touchy subject for many males – especially during puberty. There is often a concern about what is “normal,” and frequently concerns that the penis should be bigger or larger than it is. But just like the many other male teens who write to us with concerns about the size of their penises, TeenHealthFX is not worried that there is anything abnormal about your measurements.

You did not mention how tall you were in terms of FX having an understanding of how overweight you are at 236 pounds. While being overweight will not affect your penis size, it can affect other aspects of your physical well-being. Being overweight as a teen can increase your risk for diabetes and heart disease. It can also affect joints, breathing, sleep, mood, and energy levels.  FX suggests you speak to your doctor about your weight, and if your doctor does agree with you that you are overweight, that you discuss with him/her a plan to change some of your lifestyle habits when it comes to diet and physical activity.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

If you live in northern New Jersey, contact Kid-FIT, a health management program at Morristown Memorial Hospital for people 6-21 years of age. 973-971-8824.

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