Nutritionists and experts are always warning people about the dangers of eating too much fried food, but according to a study things could be worse than we ever thought possible and it will make you question whether you really want that next sausage butty.
According to a study from scientists in Italy, men could end up with penises half an inch smaller if their parents were exposed to high levels of a chemical that was found in non-stick frying pans.
Half an inch. No one can afford that.
The chemicals called PFCs interfere with male hormones and have been found to potentially lead to sexual organs being ‘significantly’ shorter…and thinner.
But it’s not just during birth that these chemicals can have an effect, researchers discovered they could affect teenagers as well.
Scientists found that the willies of men who were raised in places which had high levels of PFCs, were around 12.5 percent shorter and 6.3 percent thinner than the average man.
They also found that the toxic substance was found in waterproof clothing and greaseproof packaging for food, which can reduce testosterone levels.
The chemical was removed from Teflon products in 2013.
The study measured the penises of 383 men – at an average age of 18 – and was carried out at the University of Padua, an area that is one of four in the world known to have high levels of PFC pollution.
The researchers led by Dr Andrea Di Nisio said: “As the first report on water contamination of PFCs goes back to 1977, the magnitude of the problem is alarming.
“It affects an entire generation of young individuals, from 1978 onwards.”
PFC helps to keep everyday items such as paper plates, stain-resistant carpets, and waterproof clothing, longer lasting.
However, research found that their potentially cancer-causing effects are not fully understood.
According to studies that have been carried out into the chemical they are also linked to issues such as low birth weight and high cholesterol.
The chemicals are absorbed by the intestines from food and drinking water, or even breathed in and can then enter the bloodstream, and can be toxic for foetuses when consumed by the mother and for teenagers.
For men this can mean smaller penises.
In Dr Di Nisio’s study, the penises were measured of 212 men who grew up in an area with high exposure to PFCs, and 171 men from elsewhere, but all were from the the Veneto region of Italy, which is highly polluted because run-off from a chemical factory.
The non-exposed men average flaccid penises of 10cm (3.9ins) – measured along the top from body to tip – with those in the polluted areas measuring just 8.75cm (3.4ins).
Their penises were thinner, too, but by a smaller margin: the healthy men measured 10.3cm (4ins) in circumference compared to 9.65cm (3.7ins) for the polluted penises.
The research was published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.