22 Feb 2024 | Digital editions, magazines, websites, e-zines, handbooks and contract publishing for the leisure industry

Home | Print Subscriptions | FREE Digital/Email Subscriptions | News | Jobs | Features | Advertise | Leisure Media Studio | About | Contact

Leisure Media Features

Leisure Media - Breast size and exercise

Research

Breast size and exercise


New research from Flinders University in Australia has found that breast reduction surgery can enable some women to follow a more active lifestyle

Women are undergoing breast reduction surgery to enable them to be more active photo: Shutterstock/Tinatin

Given the growing prevalence of plastic surgery and focus on breast enhancement surgery, researchers have now flipped this on its head and turned their attention to the impact of breast size on healthy and active lifestyles, finding that some women pursue breast reduction to enable them to be more active.

A new study aimed to investigate how breast size impacts the exercise habits of women and how this compares to women who have undergone breast reduction surgery.

The study was based on a survey of nearly 1,987 women involved in the Parkrun programme in Australia, England and South Africa, excluding women with a history of breast cancer.

Impact of breast size reduction
Women who had undergone breast reduction reported increased overall frequency and enjoyment of exercise, as well as greater willingness to exercise in a group, leading to a more active and healthy lifestyle.
All 56 women who had undergone breast reduction surgery in the group of 1,987 surveyed women reported following more healthy and active lifestyles.

The study also found that women with larger breasts believe that reducing their breast size would improve their exercise performance and participation and that their breast size significantly impacts the type of exercise they do, making it more difficult to do high intensity exercise, for example.

As well as comparisons between 5km Parkrun competition times and bra size, the BREAST-Q study also looked at cup size satisfaction levels – which showed more self-satisfaction with AA, A, B and C cup sizes than DD, E, F, G and H or greater.

In addition, life satisfaction and happiness was significantly related to bra size, with cup sizes greater than E reliably reporting lower mean results.

“Our study found that breast size affects exercise habits and that breast reduction surgery changes women’s willingness to exercise,” said lead author Dr Claire Baxter, a clinical registrar in reconstructive surgery at the Flinders Medical Centre.

“We suggest that if breast size impacts women’s participation in sport and fitness, health practitioners and policymakers should advocate for better access to reduction mammoplasty in the publicly funded health sector,” she said.

No correlation was made between breast size and percentage body fat in the research study.

The study – Self-reported breast size, exercise habits and BREAST-Q data – was published in the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons’ Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery.

More: www.hcmmag.com/breastsize


Originally published in Health Club Management 2023 issue 7
 
Current issues

AM2
06 Apr 2020 issue 153

Current issue
Back issues

Attractions Management
2024 issue 1

Current issue
Back issues

CLADmag
2020 issue 1

Current issue
Back issues

Fit Tech
2023 issue 1

Current issue
Back issues

Health Club Management
2023 issue 12

Current issue
Back issues

Leisure Management
2018 issue 1

Current issue
Back issues

Leisure Opportunities
June 2021 issue 790

Current issue
Back issues
The Leisure Media Company, Portmill House, Portmill Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG5 1DJ.
Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385 Fax: +44 (0)1462 433909 |
About us | © Cybertrek Ltd