Jean-Denis Rouillon claims that bras ‘are not needed’, and might actually be doing women’s figures more harm than good.
His controversial research concluded that a bra could ‘prevent supporting tissues from growing’, and that breasts might be less likely to sag without one.
Professor Rouillon, a sports scientist from the University of Franche-Comte in Besancon, eastern France, spent 15 years studying 130 women with different bust sizes.
All were told not to wear a bra for varying lengths of time, between a few months and several years. During this time Professor Rouillon took regular bust measurements using callipers and a slide rule.
The women were asked whether they suffered back pain or felt restricted carrying out daily tasks when not wearing a bra.
He said: ‘The first results validate the hypothesis that the bra is not needed. Medically, physiologically, anatomically, the breast does not benefit from being deprived of gravity.’
Professor Rouillon said he believed the ‘absence of a bra could keep breasts in shape’ and prevent back ache.
He explained: ‘The decision not to a wear a bra appeals to women in terms of comfort and aesthetics. Contrary to popular belief, the breast does not fall, but tightens and lifts, and the quality of the skin improves.’
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