Frail mail: A new study has proven man flu does exist.
Frail mail: A new study has proven man flu does exist.

Survey finds men are sooks

WOMEN are often referred to as the “gentle sex” but it appears they are tougher than men when it comes to battling sickness, according to new research which claims to prove the existence of “man flu”.

UK company Engage Mutual commissioned the study, which found men would upgrade a common cold to flu and describe head-aches as a migraine to gain maximum sympathy.

The study of 3000 people also found men were less likely to put on a brave face with illness.

A poll of shoppers at Tweed City concerning the dreaded “man flu” gained mixed reactions with responses including “it's absolute rubbish” to “women already knew this”.

Tweed resident Heather Sidney said when it came to male illness the best medicine was sympathy.

“When men are sick all they want is their mummy,” Ms Sidney said.

Karl Elliott, from Engage Mutual, said men did play up symptoms.

“Men have had bad press concerning man flu, but our findings support the belief that men do moan more and exaggerate their symptoms,” Mr Elliot said.

“When ill, their attention-seeking behaviour makes sure their partner knows about it.”



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