A nationwide survey of more than 2,000 men has found that Leeds is the ‘moobs’ capital of the UK, with almost three fifths of men living there admitting to having ‘man boobs’.

As part of research into the health and fitness of the nation, Sweatband.com have revealed that 46% of men believe that they have ‘moobs’. The survey of 2,138 men found the highest proportion of men with ‘moobs’ in the UK can be found in Leeds, very closely followed by Swansea.

When asked “Would you consider yourself to have moobs – also known as man boobs?” 46% of all the men taking part answered ‘yes’. Almost three quarters, 73%, of the men that admitted to having moobs said it affected their confidence. 42% of them also said that they had considered surgery to correct the problem. Of the men that believed they had ‘moobs’, 55% were over the age of forty and a third, 34%, were aged thirty or younger.

The survey also asked “If you believe you have ‘moobs’, why do you think this is the case?”. 71% said they blamed their diet, whilst a similar figure, 67%, blamed a lack of exercise. 23% said they believed it was genetic and 16% said they were ‘unsure’.

The highest proportion of men with ‘moobs’, according to the survey, can be found in the following places:

1. Leeds – 59%
2. Swansea – 57%
3. Glasgow – 56%
4. Manchester – 54%
5. Bristol – 52%
6. Newport – 50%
7. Coventry – 48%
8. Wrexham – 46%
9. Colchester – 45%
10. Lincoln – 45%

Excessive development of male breasts – also known as gynaecomastia – is most commonly attributed to obesity, but can also be triggered by hormonal problems and in some cases, medication. Maz Darvish, CEO of Sweatband.com, said: “Whilst in some cases moobs are due to hormonal problems or medication, excessive fat build-up of any kind is usually a sign that a healthier lifestyle is in order.”

Words by Katy Pearson