An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Health effects of bad bras

Of all the dress accompaniments, a lady’s bra must definitely rank as the most interesting and intriguing of garments. It is unique in its construction and has revolutionised the handling of a female’s “assets” ever since it arrived on the scene! As much as it is worn (and fantasized.. by men), it is definitely highly misunderstood!

In any exercise, a lady’s breasts move in vertical and horizontal movements. Yet, most bras just manage the vertical movement…. if they are properly configured and worn! Which most arent. It has been found through a treadmill test that breasts move up to 21 cm during exercise and for a size of 36D the breasts could move upto an inch vertically if the woman walks at 4 mph, and two inches if she walks at 6 mph!

Most women do not even understand or realize what is the right size for them. In fact most do not even know what the connotation of a bra size even means! For example in 36C, 36 is the size of the chest over the breasts, and C is the cup size. So, if the size of the breasts increased for the same chest size, then it should go to 36D. Not many even realize this. The result is either too big or too small bras supporting the essential assets.

A study has now highlighted the ill-effects of this incorrect selection of this important under-garment. The study has found 95% women to be at risk (that’s the number who are doing it wrong!).

An ill-fitting bra can prove harmful for your breasts leading to many serious problems like discomfort and pain in breasts, pensive psychological effect, body pain (i.e. Neck, back and shoulder pain) and even breast cancer in the later stages of life.

So, its not a matter of sexual titillation, but an important need for a women’s structural health and could even lead to fatal conditions… so, ladies do get to know your garments. If you could spend only 50% of the time choosing your bra as much as you spend choosing what you wear on top of it, then you would not only look good but also remain pain-free and healthy!


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