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Almost 50% women are dissatisfied with their breasts. Are you one of them?

Updated on:6 February 2020, 13:18pm IST
Are you willing to do a boob job? NOPE! Then stop cribbing about the size of your breast as a study says that it can have implication on your mental well-being and self-esteem.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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Yes, size does matters. Image courtesy: Shutterstock.

If given a chance, what’s that one thing you would like to change about your body? Your weight, height, lips, or is it your breast size. Gotcha there! We knew it. You ain’t happy about the size of your boobies. You probably think they’re either too big to handle or too small to make a difference. 

But here’s the thing: you aren’t alone. How do we know that? Because researchers figured out this persistent dissatisfaction via study. 

In a global survey published in the journal Body Image, scientists have found an important public health implication which suggests that the majority of women are unhappy with the size of their breasts.

Actually, 48% of us are unhappy with the size of our breasts
According to the Breast Size Satisfaction Survey (BSSS) which was published in the journal, 48% of women who participated wanted larger breasts than they currently have, 23% of women wanted smaller breasts, and only 29% of women were satisfied with the size of their breasts. The average age of the women taking part in the study was 34.

So, in this case, size does matter. 

Is it just about your breast size? Nope, it’s a matter of low self-esteem, says researchers
Women who were dissatisfied with their breast size admitted they were less likely to practice breast self-examination and were less confident about detecting changes with their breasts, which are important self-care practices for the early detection of breast cancer.

breast lumps
Whatever you may find through a self-examination, be sure to inform your gynae. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

The study also found that breast size dissatisfaction is associated with poor psychological well-being–including lower levels of self-esteem and happiness–and that women with breast size dissatisfaction were more likely to be dissatisfied with their weight and overall appearance.

Lead researcher Viren Swami, professor of Social Psychology at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), said: “Our findings are important because they indicate that the majority of women worldwide may be dissatisfied with the size of their breasts. This is a serious public health concern because it has significant implications for the physical and psychological well-being of women.”

But, even science says Indian women have the perfect pair in the world
Ladies, stop being so judgmental about your breast size because even the study says that we Indian women are the most satisfied with what they have. 

Women in Brazil, Japan, China, Egypt, and the UK have the greatest breast size dissatisfaction – the difference between their current breast size and their ideal breast size. Women in India, Pakistan, Egypt, Lebanon, and the UK have the largest ideal breast size, while women in Japan, the Philippines, Germany, Austria, and Malaysia reported the smallest ideal breast size.

There are bigger problems in hand like breast cancer so let’s focus on that
Breast cancer is one of the leading cancers and before making any hue and cry about your breast size it’s better that we take care of them–irrespective of their size.  

breast cancer risk
A healthy diet can help reduce your breast cancer risk. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Lead researcher Viren Swami says that, “Breast cancer is the leading cause of female cancer-related deaths worldwide and poor survival rates are associated with poorer breast awareness. Breast size dissatisfaction may result in avoidance behaviours that reduce breast awareness, particularly if a woman’s breasts trigger feelings of anxiety, shame, or embarrassment.”

He added:

Our study found a direct link between greater breast size dissatisfaction and poorer breast awareness, as seen through the lower frequency of breast self-examination and lower confidence in detecting changes in the breasts, and this requires urgent public health intervention.

“We also found that despite historical differences across nations, breast size ideals are now similar across the 40 nations we surveyed. This suggests that the objectification of medium-to-large breasts is now a global phenomenon.”

“Another key finding is that breast size dissatisfaction decreases with age. It is possible that older women experience less pressure to attain breast size ideals or that motherhood and breastfeeding encourage women to focus on the functional purposes of breasts rather than seeing them purely in aesthetic terms.”

Also, read: If this latest study is to be believed then eating yogurt daily can reduce your breast cancer risk

The bottom line
It’s always better to accept your body the way it is. Of course, improvement in your health and well-being is required but there is no need to objectify every body part of your. Also, we aren’t in showbiz so take a chill pill and let your breast breathe.

With inputs from ANI

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Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.