Women with bigger breasts suffer from worse colds than those with flatter chests, researchers say
- Women with F-cup breasts suffered colds and coughs for average of 8.3 days
- Those with AA-sized breasts had respiratory infections for average of 3.8 days
- Believed fat stored in breasts weakens the immune system to fight infections
- Average breast size in the UK is 36DD while 12 years ago in 2008 it was a 34B
Women with a fuller bust suffer colds for twice as long as those with flatter chests, research has revealed.
Those with F-cup sized breasts suffered colds, coughs and flu for an average of 8.3 days compared to women with AA-sized chests who were under the weather for only 3.8 days.
It is believed the fat in breasts weakens the immune system which makes it harder for the body to fight respiratory infections.
Those with F-cup sized breasts suffered colds, coughs and flu for an average of 8.3 days, research reveals (file image)
However research found that women with bigger chests were 56 times more likely to finish their course of antibiotics, according to The Sun.
Fat stored in the breasts can weaken the body’s immune system because of higher levels of the hormone leptin.
Leptin is produced from fat cells and the amount produced is directly related to the body fat percentage.
It controls appetite by signalling to the brain when to stop eating and helps the brain regulate how much energy is consumed throughout the day.
In the study published by the journal of Archives of Sexual Behaviour more than 400 women were asked about how much they had suffered from colds and flu over the last three years.
Ladies with F-cup sized breasts suffered colds, coughs and flu for an average of 8.3 days, research has revealed (file image)
Research concluded: ‘Breast size was positively related to respiratory infections.’
Government figures show 36DDs are the most commonly sold size in the UK, while in 2008 it was a 34B.
The change is rapid since the average 34B bra size in 2008, was the same in the Sixties.
Now, more women are a voluptuous 36DD today, the same size as curvy Kim Kardashian.
Tam Fry, director at the National Obesity Forum, told The Telegraph: ‘Dress sizes have gone up as women have increased their weight, and the breast is an appendage to the body, so it follows that bra sizes will go up too.
‘Six in 10 of women are no longer a healthy weight and the average dress size is now a 16.’