Only a third of women love their breasts – and the UK and the US are among the most uncertain countries, research shows.
Researchers surveyed more than 18,000 women in 40 countries in the largest study ever to investigate body image.
Almost half of all women surveyed admitted that they wanted larger breasts, while 23 percent revealed that they would like a smaller breast.
The remaining 29 percent were happy with the size of their breasts, according to the Anglia Ruskin University team.
They discovered that in the UK and the US, three-quarters of women were not satisfied with their breasts, who wanted larger or smaller breasts than their own.
Even more dissatisfied were women in Japan and China, where as many as 90 percent of women wanted to change their breasts.
This compares with Columbia, which is number one with more than half (57 percent) of women satisfied with their breast size.
Women who were not satisfied with their breast size admitted that they were less likely to check for cancer.
They may not notice unusual changes because they prefer not to look at them in the mirror or feel because of shame, research suggests.
Principal investigator Professor Viren Swami said it was a “serious public health concern” that the majority of women around the world seem dissatisfied with their breasts.
British women are among the most uncertain about their breast size. They are in 9th place in the top 10, with Japan, China and Egypt being the most dissatisfied
Figures show that more than 50,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in Britain every year. In the US it is in the region of 250,000.
It is estimated that one in eight women will develop the disease at some point in their lives – making it the most common cancer in women.
Experts recommend that women regularly check their breasts for unusual changes so that the disease can be detected early, thereby increasing the success of treatment.
The NHS also encourages women to learn how their breasts look and feel so that abnormal changes can be detected early and examined by a doctor.
Professor Swami added: ‘Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women worldwide, and poor survival rates are associated with lower breast consciousness.
“Dissatisfaction with breast size can lead to avoidance behavior that diminishes breast awareness, especially if a woman’s breasts cause feelings of fear, shame or embarrassment.”
The new study among 18, 541 women, between 19 and 94 years old, was conducted to look at the differences in breast satisfaction between countries.
The scientists asked women about their satisfaction with their breasts and body in general, as well as their age.
They also asked them how often women check their breasts for changes such as lumps and bumps.
In general, they found that only 29 percent of women from 40 countries, who were an average age of 34, were happy with their breasts, while 48 percent wanted larger breasts. About 23 percent of women wanted smaller breasts.
THE 10 COUNTRIES WHERE WOMEN ARE THE LESS SATISFIED WITH THEIR BREASTS
1. Japan – 10 percent satisfied with their current size
2. China – 13 percent
3. Egypt – 13 percent
4. UAE – 20 percent
5. Pakistan – 21 percent
6. Malaysia – 22 percent
7. Thailand – 23 percent
8. Lebanon – 24 percent
9. UK – 25 percent
10. US – 25 percent
THE 10 COUNTRIES WHERE WOMEN ARE MOST SATISFIED WITH THEIR BREASTS
1. Colombia – 57 percent are satisfied with their current size
2. Paraguay – 51 percent
3. Ghana – 52 percent
4. Spain – 45 percent
5. Norway – 44 percent
6. The Netherlands – 40 percent
7. Serbia – 36 percent
8. Israel – 36 percent
9. Costa Rica – 36 percent
10. Philippines – 34 percent
Less than a third of women are happy with the size of their breasts and almost half want a larger breast, researchers have found (stock image)
In Great Britain, 75 percent of women were unhappy with their breast size. Fifty-six percent want larger breasts, while 19 percent want smaller breasts.
Levels of dissatisfaction are much lower in the US, with 43 percent of women who want larger breasts and 32 percent who want smaller breasts.
Women in Japan feel the highest degree of dissatisfaction: 70 percent want larger breasts and 20 percent want smaller breasts.
OLDER WOMEN ARE HAPPIER WITH THEIR BREASTS
A final important finding of the report was that dissatisfaction with breast size decreases as women get older.
This may mean that they check their breast more often. This was a positive finding considering the older a woman is, the greater the chance that she will get breast cancer.
Dr. Swami and his colleagues speculated that this may be due to older women who feel “less pressure” to achieve their ideal breast size.
Women who choose to become mothers and breastfeed their children can be encouraged to focus on the functional properties of their breasts, while younger women may be more focused on what their breasts look like.
The authors also discovered that, despite the historical differences between countries for ideal breast size, the differences had narrowed to the point that the “objectification” of “medium to large” breasts is now a “global phenomenon.”
They were closely followed by women in China, as well as those from Egypt and Brazil.
The most satisfied were women in Colombia. A third of women want larger breasts, while 11 percent want larger breasts.
In analyzing the results of further investigations, the researchers found links between certain neurotic traits and conscientious objections with dissatisfaction with the breast.
Contrary to what they had expected, exposure to Western media had a positive effect on body image.
The findings show a direct link between dissatisfaction with breast size and lower awareness about checking for nodules or changes such as dimples. It struck those who felt that their breasts were more small.
Dr. Swami and his colleagues pointed to earlier research suggesting that women might not check their breasts to prevent them from concentrating on the site of their dissatisfaction.
They also try to avoid negative emotions such as shame and shame that they feel when they look at their breasts.
The study even showed that women who are not satisfied with their breasts have a lower self-image.
They were also more inclined to be gloomy about their overall appearance and weight, and have poorer psychological well-being.
Dr. Swami added: ‘Our findings are important because they indicate that the majority of women worldwide can be dissatisfied with the size of their breasts.
“This is a serious public health problem because it has important implications for the physical and psychological well-being of women.”
Dr. Swami and his colleagues also discovered that women who are not satisfied with their breast are also more likely to lose their overall weight and appearance.
The findings are based on research by Dr. Swami in 2018, which focused only on British women.
About 31 percent of British women said they wanted smaller breasts, while 44 percent said they would prefer if they were larger.
But a third of the women said they rarely or never checked their breasts for cancer, despite recommendations from the NHS.
More than half of the women in the study said they would see their doctor immediately if they discovered a change in their breasts during an examination.
But one in ten revealed that they would postpone postponing their family doctor for as long as possible – or completely avoid booking an appointment.
THE 12 SIGNS OF BREAST CANCER THAT SHOULD KNOW WOMEN
Thick mass: A sudden thickening of the breast tissue can be a sign of a serious underlying condition such as lobular or inflammatory breast cancer
indent: Some people notice a dip or dent in the chest. This may be because the cancer is bound to the breast tissue and therefore pulls it in
Skin erosion: In rare cases, cancer that grows under the skin can break through and cause a wound
Heat or redness: If the breast feels warm or one third of the breast is red, this may be a sign of inflammatory breast cancer
New liquid: Spontaneous nipple discharge on one side, which may be blood stains, brown or clear, may mean that there is something in the breast that is causing irritation
dimpling: A dimple in the skin is a common sign of inflammatory breast cancer
Bump: A localized swelling, bump, or bump on the chest should always be investigated
Growing vein: Changes such as dilated veins can be a sign that cancer blocks a blood vessel
Retracted nipple: The development of an inverted nipple – i.e., not being born with it – that cannot be pulled may indicate that a lump behind the nipple is pulling it in.
New shape or size: Any change in shape or size that is not associated with the menstrual cycle must be investigated
Orange peel skin: Rippled or pitted skin, such as the skin of an orange, can be caused by an accumulation of fluid in the breast
Invisible lump: Even there are many other symptoms, it is crucial to always check your breasts for lumps. A cancerous lump often feels hard and motionless like a lemon seed
I hated being the blonde with the big breasts, says Ulrika Jonsson
Ulrika Jonsson has known that she has always hated her breasts after being “sexualized as a big-breasted blonde.”
Ulrika Jonsson (photo in 2003) says she has always hated her breasts
The TV star, 52, who had a breast reduction of 34L in 2009, said she fought stereotypes. She even wore high-necked tops, hoping it would stop people from staring at her.
The Swedish mother of four told ITV’s Lorraine show: “It wasn’t helped by being blonde too – blonde and big breasts. And I was Swedish. All those things point to a kind of sexual thing. ”
She added: “I was a late developer, and when my breasts came, they were quite big and got in the way. I didn’t know what to do with it.
“I fiddled with cars and stuff, I didn’t play with dolls and all that stuff. Then these things arrive suddenly and when you get older, they arrive in the room for two minutes. “
Miss Jonsson said that “psychologically they made me fat.”
She remembered: “When I was pregnant, I went to a 36 I cup, or something shocking. I always felt great and it changed all the choices I made in terms of clothing. I would never wear low-cut things.
“I felt very vulnerable in such situations – so exposed.”
Miss Jonsson suffered a backlash last month from women who had undergone breast amputations after complaining about the accident that large breasts had caused her.
She told Lorraine: “My argument was that I can still hate my breasts [but] I feel completely in. “