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Are Chemicals in Lipstick Leading to Bigger Bust Sizes?


. . . That's the question asked by a Daily Mail story that explores why the average bra size of British women has jumped from 34B to 36C in a decade. Now, if you're like me, you might think that the popularity of implants might have something to do with that change. Or perhaps the fact that Brits, like Americans, are progressively getting larger in general.

Not so, says nutritionist Marilyn Glenville, who blames fake hormones. Xenoestrogens are estrogen doppelgangers that are found in plastics and pesticides, so they're in everything from corn chips to cosmetics. Since they're fat-soluble, they stick around in your body, and she believes that the jump in faux estrogen is making our chests heave:

"We are talking about a cocktail of toxins so it's hard to pinpoint what is going wrong. But many products, from lipsticks to tampons to spermicides, contain xenoestrogens, and we are applying them directly to our bodies.

Of course, further in the story, there are professors and scientists who brush aside her concerns. They point out that women are larger in general now, so it makes sense that their cups runneth over. I think that while synthetic estrogens might have some effect, it's more likely that such a rapid increase in bra size is due to cosmetic surgery and weight gain. (Plus, really, if lipstick makes your bosom bigger, why am I more Kate Moss than Dolly Parton up there?)

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