Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
I normally do not post in the forums but this is an
Published: 11 Apr 2013 09:00 GMT+02:00 | Print version
Updated: 11 Apr 2013 09:00 GMT+02:00
Women should forget everything they've been told about bras. According to a new French study, published on Wednesday, wearing a bra does nothing to reduce back pain, and the chest supports actually cause increased breast sagging.
The results of a mammoth 15-year study led by professor Jean-Denis Rouillon, from the University of Besançon in eastern France, are finally in and it looks like conventional wisdom about bras and back pain has been way off the mark.
http://www.thelocal.fr/page/view/breast … ench-study
Apr 22 13 07:13 am Link
Seoul, Seoul, Korea (South)
All the women involved in the study were aged between 18 and 35, although the professor was keen to stress that the group were not a representative of the global population of females.
It's a limited study, and like many media reports, light on details. For example.. was there any difference between A cups and F cups.. while I might agree, that women who don't have particularly large breasts might not see a huge difference, women with larger than average breasts might see a bigger issue.
Apr 22 13 08:21 am Link
Saint Catharines-Niagara, Ontario, Canada
According to my friend at Victoria's Secret, the average cup size here is now a D. I see the rationale behind the conclusions, but wonder how it holds up for women of that size.
Apr 22 13 08:29 am Link
Ferndale, California, US
As a kid, I remember seeing pictures of primitive societies in National Geographic where the women were topless, and I'd have to say, that's proof enough that bras have a positive effect.
Nice try by some Frenchman to get women to go around braless though. I commend his effort.
Apr 22 13 10:14 am Link
Coral Springs, Florida, US
I have a D cup and I generally spend my days braless. I will put a bra on to go out though (for the most part). But if I'm just hanging out around the house I don't feel a need. I don't feel sore if I don't wear one. If I do wear a bra for a long period of time, when I take it off it hurts. So I can understand where this information is coming from.
Apr 22 13 12:44 pm Link
New York, New York, US
this thread is useless without photos as proof
Apr 22 13 12:48 pm Link
Paris, Île-de-France, France
typical french , anything is good to keep them visible
Apr 22 13 12:54 pm Link
Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
Like Lynn, I spend much of my time braless, when I am at home. However, though bras may not reduce back pain and may cause 'sagging', but they do keep my breasts out of the way when I'm trying to do things, stop them bouncing so much when I'm moving around and have probably prevented all kinds of unforseen awkward social situations.
Clothes and fashion have changed since the bra was invented - we no longer have the option of wearing dresses or tops with built in support or at least the ability to prevent spillage or overflowing....
At the end of the day, my back exercises will keep me strong enough to haul my chest around, and 'sagging' is a fact of life. Chest exercises and good skin care can help, but it is going to happen - and unless I get really inventive with sellotape, I'm going to have to keep wearing bras to be acceptable in public!
Apr 22 13 12:55 pm Link
Indianapolis, Indiana, US
I guess if I were doing a study of women with/without bras I might want to take 15 years to do it, too. I might even stretch it out to 25-30 years just to make sure I was doing everything right!
Apr 22 13 12:58 pm Link
Corona, California, US
Thanks for the public service tip.
Apr 22 13 01:06 pm Link
Columbus, Ohio, US
Matt Knowles wrote:
Do you mean the women who had enough kids to populate a small village?
Apr 22 13 01:21 pm Link
New Orleans, Louisiana, US
In the '60s, the beginning of the braless era, I worked in an office. Directly across from my desk was the company's brand new, first ever electric typewriter, operated by a brand new (and braless) temp. At one point she leaned over to peer at the document she was transcribing. Apparently her breast brushed the carriage return and she knocked herself cold.
We soon had a dress code that prohibited the braless look for female employees--including temps.
Apr 22 13 06:07 pm Link
Olivet, Michigan, US
Matt Knowles wrote:
Apr 22 13 06:34 pm Link
Langley, British Columbia, Canada
MC Seoul Photography wrote:
It did say it was a "mammoth" study...
Apr 23 13 04:04 am Link
Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium
yeah, and they only researched young women with small cups. right.
Apr 23 13 04:21 am Link
Frontenac, Kansas, US
Anna Adrielle wrote:
What does Espresso have to do with this thread?
Apr 23 13 05:46 am Link
Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium
Jim Ball wrote:
and all of those women have small cups. three of them.
Apr 23 13 06:15 am Link
Beckley, West Virginia, US
You always have to wonder what those sneaky Frenchman are up to with their studies.
Apr 23 13 06:17 am Link
Amherst, Massachusetts, US
Good thing I go braless on a regular basis, anyway, then Bras are annoying.
Rick OBanion Photo wrote:
I'm a DD, and if i can get away with not wearing a bra all the time (i.e. wearing a shirt that people could see through or going to a professional place where it's proper to wear one) I would. If i'm running or something, yes, it gets extremely uncomfortable from the bouncing- but aside from that it's a LOT easier and a lot more comfortable to just wear multiple layers.
Apr 23 13 06:22 am Link
Boston, Massachusetts, US
I don't even fit in bras, since I'm actually something like a 30A. The only time I ever had myself professionally measured, the lingerie store woman said she'd never seen an under-bust measurement as small as mine, and she'd been measuring women for 10 years.
I typically layer boys' undershirts. There is no need to spend money on bras. I have a little more boobs (and a lot less ass) now than I did when I was younger, but it's marginal.
Apr 23 13 06:33 am Link
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Let me guess...none of these girls were busty. While I do go braless at home sometimes, I generally have to wear one because it hurts not to. (I'm a D cup btw).
Apr 23 13 07:01 am Link
Los Angeles, California, US
Rick OBanion Photo wrote:
Apr 23 13 07:09 am Link
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Mammoth study? HARDLY (and conceded by the study leader)? (Quoting the study leader) “The small sample of 320 young women is not representative of the entire population – that would require something like 300,000 subjects.”
Apr 23 13 07:28 am Link
Rochester, New York, US
I've got huge boobs and a bad back, I can't even wear a bra that doesn't come with underwire, let alone go braless! Were I to attempt that, my herniated disk, that's right in my thoracic spine (parallel to one's boobage, right in the hump of the back when you hunch over), would bring me paaaaaain. Also, it pops my back out of place. NOT FUN.
Dallas, Texas, US
Did they study the value of hand bras? That might be worth checking out...
Duluth, Georgia, US
Bras are fairly recent fashion innovation in the course of hundreds of thousands years of human history.
http://content.usatoday.com/communities … XagTbWsh8E
Apr 23 13 07:53 am Link