Women! Take off your bras!
A new study has shown that wearing bras is not necessarily good for back ache, nor for avoiding sagging
A new study claims that the current knowledge on bras is not necessarily true, as the undergarment can actually increase sagging and do nothing to reduce back pain.
The results of a 15-year study from the University of Besançon in eastern France conclude that the conventional wisdom about bras and back pain has been "way off the mark" as described by the French newspaper, theLocal.fr.
According to head of the study, Jean-Denis Rouillon, the lesson to be learned from the preliminary results of this 'marathon' experiment is that "bras are a false necessity".
"Medically, physiologically, anatomically - breasts gain no benefit from being denied gravity. On the contrary, they get saggier with a bra," Professor Rouillon told France Info radio on Wednesday.
Using a slide rule and caliper, Rouillon spent years carefully measuring changes in the orientation of breasts belonging to hundreds of women, at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (University Hospital) in Besançon.
The women involved in the study were aged between 18 and 35, although the professor was keen to stress that the group was not representative of the global population of females.
After regularly measuring women who were not wearing bras the scientists concluded that "on average their nipples lifted on average seven millimetres in one year in relation to the shoulders."
Capucine, a 28-year-old woman who participated in the professor's in-depth study, hasn't worn a bra for two years, and swears by the results.
"There are multiple benefits: I breathe more easily, I carry myself better, and I have less back pain," Capucine told France Info.
Despite the groundbreaking results of his study Rouillon advised certain women not to immediately throw away all their bras in the bin.
"It would be of no benefit to a 45-year-old mother to stop wearing a bra," he warned.
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