Get a moob on: middle-aged men are shrinking – here’s why


Get a moob on: middle-aged men are shrinking – here’s why

As a glut of celebrities trim down, it’s worth pondering some issues that can weigh down your slimming ambitions

Gavin Newsham

It was on a Normandy beach last summer when it dawned on me that I had to lose some weight. “Take your top off,” said my wife, as she pointed to the sun disappearing behind a dirty grey cloud. I made my excuses – something about not wanting to get burnt on such a gloriously overcast day – but the truth is I was embarrassed and scared; embarrassed as to how I could get to nearly 50 and look the way I do and scared that if I did remove my shirt, there was every chance concerned onlookers might try to roll me back into the sea.

Good job we didn’t take a holiday in the Faroe Islands. I might have been hacked up and served up to the locals.

There was a time when men could slovenly slide into their middle age without anyone ever casting a disapproving eye over their fuller figures. Not any more. Remember when David Cameron was papped shirtless on a Cornish beach and the ensuing grief he got for his dad bod? Or the trolling that Leonardo DiCaprio suffered in 2014 when his bare belly was splashed across the New York Post under the headline “The Great Fatsby”? It’s no wonder men are making changes...

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