In a preview of what may be to come in Japan, Australia now claims a female population in which 40 percent wear a bra size DD or larger.
According to recent statistics released by Australian lingerie makers, Australian women have begun purchasing DD or larger sized brassieres in near record numbers.
One lingerie maker noted that sales of DD+ sized bras have increased from 20 percent of the total to 28 percent in the last five years.
Modern Australian breasts have become so large that some bra companies have introduced cup sizes as high as K. A K-sized brassiere adds 15 inches to the bra’s band size, which is roughly equivalent to the size of a woman’s ribcage.
As recently as the 1950s, the average Australian cup size was a modest size B, three sizes smaller than DD.
Experts have pointed to Australia’s obesity problem as the chief culprit in its national epidemic of breast expansion. Australia typically ranks amongst the fattest nations in the world.
However, bra fitters have noted that even the number of small-figured women with large breasts have also increased.
Australian medical professionals believe that estrogen-laden contraceptives, hormones in food, plastic and cosmetics have contributed to increases in the average Australian bust line.
Large breasts have been found to be a deterrent to physical exercise. As women’s breasts grow, they exercise less contributing to even greater potential increases in breast size, and further exacerbating the obesity problem.
To combat the unwanted weight and growth of their breasts, many Australian women have turned to surgery. An Australian plastic surgeon notes that the number of breast reduction surgeries performed this year has roughly doubled compared to previous years.
Japan may also find itself facing an imminent national breast expansion as better nutrition and Western-style foods have already made an impact on Japan’s population, and may well continue to do so.
Deliciously flat chests may become an increasingly rarity, only seen on the very young. Further, as the Japanese population ages and grows more sedentary, breast sizes among its female population are sure to increase, although for the moment at least obesity has not increased correspondingly.