Big B***s, Low Self-Esteem, According To Study

Turns out, your breast size speaks volumes about your mental health. A surprising new study has found a correlation between big boobs and lower self-esteem. In other words, your "fun bags" aren't so fun after all. Learn more about the research below!

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The study, which was published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, found that uneven or abnormally large breasts can lead to mental health problems, including lower self-esteem and eating disorders.

It’s actually quite common to have uneven breasts, according to Healthy Women—what’s more, the right versus the left breast of most woman is often different in not only size, but shape.

According to Dr. Brian I. Labow, lead author of the study and ASPS Member Surgeon of Boston Children’s Hospital, breast asymmetry is more than just a “cosmetic issue.”

To study the implications of mental health and breast size, the researchers measured a variety of breasts, most of which were either asymmetrical or abnormally large.

The study included a total of 59 young women, aged 12 to 21 years. They all had breasts differing by at least one bra cup size, and around 40% of them had tuberous breast deformity, a condition in which the breasts don’t develop normally.

The participants were told to answer three questionnaires: the Short Form Health Survey, Version 2 Short Form-36, the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, and the Eating Attitudes Test. The point of the tests was to ascertain just how well they functioned psychologically and socially.

What Dr. Labow and his colleagues found was that there was a negative impact for women with uneven breasts, extra-large breasts, and even those with a relatively small difference in cup size.

A number of aspects of mental health and well-being were lower for women with different-sized breasts compared to those with “normal” breasts.

Additionally, the women with different-sized breasts had remarkably lower scores for emotional well-being and self-esteem, in addition to problems in social functioning, eating behaviors, and attitudes. (Even after the researches adjusted for differences in body weight.)

“The observed impaired psychological well-being of adolescents with breast asymmetry may indicate the need for early intervention to minimize negative outcomes,” the researchers wrote in the press release.

The research raises awareness that for young women born with asymmetrical breasts, no provision currently exists.

The authors of the study emphasize that this doesn’t necessarily mean surgery is the only solution—especially for young girls. Instead, they advocate for “consultation and support.”

However, for girls who have finished growing and still have different-sized breasts, surgical correction may garner emotional benefits.

Altogether, interventions and surgery could make the difference between poorer self-image and confidence for women with uneven breasts.