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5 science-backed ways that the size of your breast can impact your entire health

Published on:13 March 2020, 09:00am IST
Oops! Apparently, size does matter.The size of your breast can affect your entire health. Let's hear what the experts have to say about it!
Sonakshi Kohli
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Your breast size can actually impact your entire health. Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

The idea of whether breast size matters or not when it comes to women has been debatable since forever now. So, we’re not even going to get into the nitty-gritties of its impact in bed right now.

What we’re going to focus on instead is its impact on a woman’s health. No points for guessing, the body part in question is the one the entire world seems so obsessed with—a woman’s breasts.

Apparently, the size of her breasts can affect a woman’s health in several ways. Take a look at these 5 research-backed points supporting the fact if you don’t believe us: 

1. Your breast size can impact your workout habits
A study published in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sports found that women with larger breasts are more likely to choose a sedentary lifestyle and stay away from workouts.

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Do you know, Women with bigger breasts might not feel encouraged to work out more often? Image courtesy: Shutterstock

The reason being that larger breasts with inadequate support tend to bounce more and cause embarrassment to them while exercising. Though sports bras can help solve the problem, not every woman has the access and the affordability, right?

Also, Read: 5 mind-boggling things that can happen to your body if you quit exercising

Now, y’all know how a sedentary lifestyle can lead to uncountable health problems such as diabetes, heart problems, weaker bones, hypertension, etc., right? Obviously, then, women with larger breasts choosing to refrain from working out could also be at a higher risk of catching these diseases, you see.

2. It can affect the degree of cold you might feel
As strange as this sounds, but women with larger breasts suffer colds for twice as long as those with smaller/flatter breasts and are also more likely to catch respiratory infections as per a study published in the journal of Archives of Sexual Behaviour.

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Women with bigger breasts might have to often put on more layers to fight off the cold. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

This, claims the study, happens due to the excessive leptin hormone produced by the higher number of fat cells in larger breasts that weakens the body’s immune system and makes it harder to fight off infections.

3. Breast size can also impact your fertility
A study published in the journal, The Royal Society Publishing, found that women with larger breasts and smaller waists were more fertile and thus, had a high reproductive potential—thanks to the higher levels of the female reproductive hormone, estradiol, in them.

This makes them more likely to get pregnant after having unprotected sex. But remember bigger breasts or not, always use a condom, unless you’re planning a baby.

Also, Read: Trust these 7 science-backed hacks to boost your fertility naturally

4. Breast size is also linked with breast cancer
Although there’s not enough evidence to support this fact, however, a few studies including the one published in the journal BMC Medical Genetics, found that women with larger breast size are more likely to get breast cancer. This is based on a debatable urban belief that it is more difficult to find/diagnose carcinogenic lumps in larger breasts as compared to smaller ones.

Another fact that links bigger breast size to breast cancer is the likelihood of obese women having bigger breasts and obesity increases the chances of getting breast cancer as is.

5. Your boob size can affect your mental health
Gosh! The world is so breast-obsessed that the size and the symmetry of her breasts can even hit a woman’s mental health!

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Mental health might often go for a toss for women insecure about their breast size.
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According to a study published in the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), women with asymmetric breasts/ those whose breast size is “too large” or “too small” are more likely to suffer from a poor emotional well being and lower self-esteem.

Blame it on the media glorifying barbie-like hourglass figure or simply the society’s judgmental attitude, the finding of this study is surely extremely disturbing.

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Sonakshi Kohli Sonakshi Kohli

Twenty kilos down and struggling to maintain the weight loss by preaching healthy eating, while eating unhealthy every now and then.