BY PIPER HOFFMAN
How great would it be not to have to wear a bra? The question is more urgent in the face of a brand new study finding that bras do not prevent back pain or saggy boobs. To the contrary, they cause them. Lead researcher Professor Jean-Denis Rouillon said “medically, physiologically, anatomically, the breast does not benefit from being deprived of gravity. Instead, it languishes with a bra.” Rouillon calls bras a “false necessity.” So much for brassieres’ noble purposes
The French study suggests that girls “would soon become dependent [on a foundation garment] as the supporting muscle structure would degrade.” Rouillon conceives of the bra as a crutch: continual use can make boob muscles lazy. Consider this: Rouillon and his team found that women who stopped wearing bras saw their nipples lift seven millimeters a year. And their breasts got firmer. And their stretch marks faded.
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