French scientists have something they want to get off their chests — wearing a bra can do more harm than good.
Despite years of advice that a good supportive bra was vital, the research team at the University of Besancon, in the east of France, completed a 15-year study of thousands of women that suggested that going bra-free might be better for a woman's back health — and might actually prevent dreaded boob droop.
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Researchers said wearing a bra was perhaps little more than vanity and there was no good reason to "deny breasts gravity."
Professor Jean-Denis Rouillon said: "Medically, physiologically, anatomically – breasts gain no benefit from being denied gravity.
"On the contrary, they get saggier with a bra."
He said there was no evidence a bra eased back pain and could, in fact, add to the problem.