Women With Larger Boobs Suffer From Worse Colds, According To Scientists

You wake up one morning coughing and feeling congested. Uh oh, looks like you’re coming down with a cold, and you’re definitely calling in sick today. But why do illnesses affect one person more drastically than another?

A recent study determined there was a correlation between the severity of respiratory illnesses and a woman’s breast size. You could say that in this case, bigger is not always better.

Cold And Flu Season

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With the stunning colors of autumn and the cooler weather comes another yearly event we all dread: cold and flu season. No one likes being stuck in bed for days at a time, and illnesses like colds and flu affect everyone differently.

But the question of “how” differently these viruses impact women was something scientists wanted to answer So, a team of researchers sought out to determine there was a biological correlation between respiratory illnesses and breast size.

The Study

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The two-part study was published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior and it sought to determine the correlation between breast size and several other factors, such as health and societal perceptions.

The first half of the study wanted to determine if there was a connection between breast size and the “number and duration of infectious diseases of the respiratory system (e.g., cold, influenza) and digestive system (e.g., stomach or intestinal flu) in the past three years.”

How The Study Was Conducted

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The first half of the study involved 163 Caucasian and non-pregnant/non-lactating women from various academic institutions across western Poland.

The participants had to fill out a detailed questionnaire on their health history, had various body measurements taken (such as hips, bust, height, and weight), different parts of their body were photographed, and they gave saliva samples for hormonal assessment.

What Did The Results Show?

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While the study sought to determine the correlation between breast size and other metrics, the results did yield something surprising.

According to the study, “Breast size was positively related to respiratory infections and two of its components, [including] average duration of illness and frequency of antibiotic use indicating that women with larger breasts experienced longer episodes of respiratory diseases and took antibiotics more frequently.”

Is Bigger Always Better?

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So while we now know that women with larger breasts get sicker, it’s worth noting that when it comes to women with bigger boobs, there are some negative stereotypes. The study also revealed that when it comes to bigger boobs, both men and women associate them with increased fertility, lactational ability, and higher promiscuity.

But they also noted that “big-breasted women were perceived as less faithful and less intelligent than women with average or small breasts.” Ouch.

The Bright Side

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Photo Credit: Hugo Ruiz / Unsplash

With cold and flu season around the corner, how can you avoid getting sick? Frequently wash your hands with soap and water (or hand sanitizer if it’s not possible), avoid people who are showing symptoms, don’t touch your eyes or mouth when out in public, get plenty of rest, eat a balanced diet, and stay hydrated.

Just remember, ladies, no matter the size of your boobs, they’re still fabulous. So if you’ve got it, flaunt it.