After successful bariatric surgery last year, I've lost nearly 140 pounds. My body has shrunk dramatically in lots of places, but one area I hoped would disappear is still  hanging around.

Man-boobs, or "moobs" if you prefer, plague many men my age. The problem is, I've had them since I was a kid. I used to get teased a lot about it. Even when I was in great shape as a high school athlete, there they were. Not to the point of being feminine looking, as my chest is covered with a thick layer of white hair, but enough to annoy the heck out of me.

(By the way, I used a picture of Simon Cowell to illustrate this blog because he used to have moobs. Sort of.)

What are moobs?

The official medical term is "gynecomastia", and the condition is described by the Mayo Clinic .

Gynecomastia is swelling of the breast tissue in boys or men, caused by an imbalance of the hormones estrogen and testosterone. Gynecomastia can affect one or both breasts, sometimes unevenly. Newborns, boys going through puberty and older men may develop gynecomastia as a result of normal changes in hormone levels, though other causes also exist.

My moobs are still with me, even after an extreme weight loss. They're just a lot smaller.  I guess that now they just classify as loose skin. I had hoped for a better result so my clothes would fit better, but I'm happy anyway.

I don't really embrace having man boobs, but they don't bother me any more either. Do you want to know why?

Now the guys that used to tease me about them have them as well!