Women with larger breasts are less satisfied with their breasts: Implications for quality of life and physical activity participation

Isobel H Oon, Jocelyn K Mara, Julie R Steele, Deirdre E McGhee, Vivienne Lewis, Celeste E Coltman

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Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Although low breast satisfaction has been associated with a range of potential negative health implications, little is known about key factors that influence breast satisfaction across the lifespan. This study aimed to determine the impacts of age, body mass and breast size on breast satisfaction and how breast satisfaction impacts psychosocial and sexual well-being-related quality of life outcomes and physical activity behaviours.

METHODS: Three hundred and forty-five women (age range: 18.1-83.7 years) had their body mass (kg), standing height (cm) and breast volume (ml) measured. A 13-item questionnaire comprising the Breast-Q and Active Australia Survey was used to assess breast satisfaction, quality of life outcomes and participation in physical activity.

RESULTS: Breast satisfaction was influenced by breast size, such that women with larger breasts were less satisfied with their breasts compared to their counterparts with smaller breasts. Greater breast satisfaction was associated with improved psychosocial and sexual well-being-related measures of quality of life, and time spent participating in physical activity.

CONCLUSION: Interventions to improve breast satisfaction among women across the breast size spectrum should be encouraged in public health initiatives to better engage and encourage positive health behaviours and reduce potential adverse health implications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1–9
Number of pages9
JournalWomen's Health
Volume18
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jul 2022

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