It’s easy to foist this one off on the burgeoning weight of Americans, but that wouldn’t be entirely true. According to an article in Women’s Wear Daily earlier this week, the American bra size has gone from a 36C to a 36DD in only 10 years. A similar British study has our tea sipping buddies going from a 34B to a 36D over the same time frame. Finally, in Australia over 40% of Aussie gals wear a DD or higher.
Obesity Rates Have Increased
So clearly something is up. We have gotten fatter in the last 10 years. Obesity increased by 24% in the US from 2000 to 2005 I’m sure it’s even higher now. But according to Salon.com, obesity alone doesn’t explain the increase. If you look at the American numbers, the circumference (the 36) didn’t change, just the size of the breasts. Hmmmm.
Birth Control Pill & Artificial Hormones
The same Aussie article suggests that birth control pills at higher doses and artificial hormones found in foods, plastics and cosmetics could also be contributing to larger breasts. If there’s ever been a reason for organic meat and mineral makeup this might be it.
Of course the first thing that flashed through my mind when I first heard about the changes was how many fake boobs are out there? So I went and found out. In 1997 we were doing 101,000 breast implants per year in the US. These days the number is more like 300,000. Reconstructive surgery for breast cancer survivors and other medical issues tacks on another 40,000. So the number of implants has more than tripled over the 1997 rate. Given that there are about 150 million American women there’s not a lot of statistical significance there.
So what to do with the girls? This will put bra manufacturer’s to the test as women seek more comfortable support for their twins. (Yes, I’m using every euphamism I can think of!) I’m thinking in particular of sports bras providing enough comfort and support. With increased mass you’ll have increased motion during sports activities and, um, drop out, something every woman dreads.
The other concern is increase tension to the neck and shoulders as we try to keep our breasts in place. In fact there were 140,000 breast reduction surgeries in 2008 which I suspect were medical reasons as much as for cosmetic ones.
What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear ’em. Keep ’em clean!