Does breast size affect how women participate in physical activity?

Celeste COLTMAN, Julie Steele, Deirdre McGhee

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Objectives: Research has shown that women with large breasts experience increased breast motion,which can act as a barrier to participating in physical activity. Despite this evidence, limited researchhas investigated the effect of breast size on physical activity participation.Design: Cross-sectional study.Methods: 355 Australian women (aged 18–75 years) who volunteered as participants were divided intofour breast size groups (small, medium, large and hypertrophic). All participants completed the ActiveAustralia Survey to assess their participation in physical activity in the previous week, and were asked toindicate whether they agreed or disagreed that their breast size affected their participation in physicalactivity. Participant responses to time spent in each type of activity were compared across the four breastsize groups using an ANCOVA design, controlling for age.Results: Participants with hypertrophic breasts participated in significantly less total physical activity perweek, particularly less vigorous-intensity physical activity, compared to their counterparts with smallerbreasts. Participants with large breasts also participated in less vigorous-intensity physical activity com-pared to participants with small and with medium breasts, and a high percentage of women with largeand with hypertrophic breasts perceived their breast size to affect the amount and intensity of physicalactivity they performed.Conclusions: Breast size should be acknowledged as a potential barrier to women participating in physicalactivity. Strategies to assist women with large and hypertrophic breasts participate in all types andintensities of physical activity are needed so women can enjoy the health benefits associated with anactive lifestyle.
LanguageEnglish
Pages324-329
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Science and Medicine in Sport
Volume22
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019
Externally publishedYes

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COLTMAN, Celeste ; Steele, Julie ; McGhee, Deirdre . / Does breast size affect how women participate in physical activity?. In: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 2019 ; Vol. 22, No. 3. pp. 324-329.
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In: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Vol. 22, No. 3, 03.2019, p. 324-329.

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