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Keeping the 'girls' up: Are bras a necessity?
Are bras really necessary? Maybe not.
At least that's what one professor at a French university is saying.
Preliminary results from an experiment conducted during a 15-year period at the University Hospital of Besançon by Professor Jean-Denis Rouillon show that the absence of bras not only helps to straighten breasts, but also helps to reduce back pain.
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Rouillon first told France Info about the experiment's results saying, "Medically, physiologically, anatomically, the breast does not benefit from being denied gravity. On the contrary, they get saggier with a bra."
According to the French media outlet, Capucine, 28, a young woman included in the study, said of shedding her bra for nearly two years, "I breathe more easily, I carry myself better, and I have less back pain."
Speaking to The Local, another French media outlet, Rouillon stressed that his results are not a representation of women everywhere. "The small sample of 320 young women is not representative of the entire population — that would require something like 300,000 subjects," he said of the study.
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