Washington D.C: during a global study, scientists have found a crucial public health implication which suggests that the bulk of girls are unhappy with the dimensions of their breasts. The Breast Size Satisfaction Survey (BSSS), led by Professor Viren Swami of Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), brought together over 100 international experts to conduct surveys with 18,541 women in 40 countries, making it the most important cross-cultural study to look at body image ever undertaken. The study was published within the journal Body Image.
The researches discovered that 48 percent of girls who participated wanted larger breasts than they currently have, 23 percent of girls wanted smaller breasts, and only 29 percent of girls were satisfied with the dimensions of their breasts. the typical (mean) age of the ladies participating within the study was 34. 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 first detection of carcinoma .
The study also found that breast size dissatisfaction is related to poorer psychological well-being - including lower levels of self-esteem and happiness - which women with breast size dissatisfaction were more likely to be dissatisfied with their weight and overall appearance. Women in Brazil, Japan, China, Egypt, and therefore the UK have the best breast size dissatisfaction - the difference between their current breast size and their ideal breast size. Women in India, Pakistan, Egypt, Lebanon, and therefore the UK have the most important ideal breast size, while women in Japan, the Philippines, Germany, Austria, and Malaysia reported the littlest ideal breast size.
Lead researcher Viren Swami, Professor of psychology at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), said: "Our findings are important because they indicate that the bulk of girls worldwide could also be dissatisfied with the dimensions of their breasts. this is often a significant public health concern because it's significant implications for the physical and psychological well-being of girls ."
"Breast cancer is that the leading explanation for female cancer-related deaths worldwide and poor survival rates are related to poorer breast awareness. Breast size dissatisfaction may end in avoidance behaviours that reduce breast awareness, particularly if a woman's breasts trigger feelings of hysteria , shame, or embarrassment." "Our study found an immediate 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 within the breasts, and this needs 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 means that the objectification of medium-to-large breasts is now a worldwide phenomenon."
"Another key finding is that breast size dissatisfaction decreases with age. it's possible that older women experience less pressure to achieve breast size ideals or that motherhood and breastfeeding encourage women to specialise in the functional purposes of breasts instead of seeing them purely in aesthetic terms."