German Soldiers Growing Breasts—on One Side

Condition sparked by too much chest-thumping

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 25, 2013 8:06 AM CST

(Newser) – As part of their training, elite German troops of the Wachbataillon do a lot of chest-beating, repeatedly whacking their rifles on the left side of their chests. That's stimulating unusual hormone production, according to experts. The result: The guys are growing breasts—just on the left side, the German Herald reports. Some 74% of battalion members who approached army doctors about the condition were diagnosed with one-sided gynecomastia. "They need to change the way they drill. The constant slamming of the rifles against the left-hand side of the chest is clearly a significant factor," says a military plastic surgeon. Military leaders say they'll look into it and make any needed changes.

Some male German soldiers reportedly have been developing breasts.
Some male German soldiers reportedly have been developing breasts.   (Shutterstock)
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