While larger breasted women are usually stereotyped to portray a persona of confidence, a recent study may have proved this to be untrue. On the contrary, the study alleges that larger breasted women are more likely to have issues with food, social interactions and with their mental health.
During the study, Dr. Brian Lebow sought to understand the impact of asymmetrical or larger breast size. Asymmetrical size in women or an unevenness is actually quite common. Actually. over 50% of women have asymmetrical breasts. However, Lebow believes that asymmetrical breasts pose more than just a cosmetic issue. Instead, he asserts that it can lead to a number of negative psychological and emotional effects on women.
In the first portion of the study, he sought to understand the negative impact macromastia, which is a condition that causes women to have unnaturally large breasts.
Researchers carried out a number of tests in order to study how well the women functioned psychologically. During the study, they found that the participants with larger and asymmetrical breasts had lower scores for emotional well being and for self-esteem after the researchers had adjusted the results for differences in body weight.
Researchers also noticed that women with asymmetrical breasts encountered issues with their social functioning.
“The observed impaired psychological well-being of adolescents with breast asymmetry may indicate the need for early intervention to minimize negative outcomes,” the authors wrote, according to the press release.
As it stands, corrective surgery for asymmetry is typically ignored by insurance companies because they don’t believe it to be a ‘functional impairment.’
However, Lebow isn’t only speaking in terms of surgery when it comes to assisting girls with the problem of low self-esteem. Actually, he encourages ‘consultation and support,’ and believes it to be quite effective in many cases. If augmentation was allowed in older women who have experienced such issues with their breasts, mental illness could be thwarted before its full onset.