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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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veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
strange..def. diet though!
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
I think it's the person's diet not cosmetics.
judeandam judeandam 9 years
i totally agree w/ karla sugar on this one. i believe its all the hormones & chemicals in our foods (meat, non-organic veggies, milk, etc.). i was born in the early 80s and have been wearing cosmetics for a LONG time.... i am NOT the same size as some of the teenagers nowadays. they are definitely starting to develop years earlier and to a much larger size, most noticeably bust size. its definitely not anything in the cosmetics, or else i'd be a lot closer to dolly than kate (just like bella). :)
ModernGraceKelly ModernGraceKelly 9 years
LOL Women and girls have been trying to increase their bust for centuries. I was more Dolly growing up than Kate, so it feels like I've always had them. I wasn't wearing lipstick or getting fatter in 5th grade either...
ccwhite ccwhite 9 years
Kids these days are monstrous. I see 13 and 14 year old guys that look like they're 20 and are tall! Even the girls are bigger too. It must be all the hormones in our food!
Swangeese Swangeese 9 years
Another thing to consider is that later generations have better nutrition than previous ones. So people grow to the size they are supposed to be as opposed to being stunted from malnutrition. Other factors include implants and the fact that women often wear the wrong bra size. In the short term, assuming that the women are sized correctly, the most obvious culprit from the information given is that the population is gaining weight. Obviously the poisons and additives in our lives can certainly make an impact on our health. The question in the OP would only be answered fully in a study. I'd say it's unlikely, but anything is possible.
mamalizzie mamalizzie 9 years
Really? hmmmmmmmmm ....... and I'm jumping out to get that Too Faced FUZE Slenderize Lip Gloss too cuz that's gonna make me skinny! .... oy veh
Karla-Sugar Karla-Sugar 9 years
Wow, thanks ladies! You're making me feel really good. :)
Critty Critty 9 years
I also agree with Karla, my doctor even agrees with me. I now eat hormone-free, chemical-free meat (it's not certified organic, but from a local source). When I have kids, I will only feed them hormone-free meat. We really need to start examining all of the crap we are putting into our bodies like estrogen and parabens and the "cocktail of toxins" - eeek! Not the sort of cocktail I like!
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
Hmmm... I'm with KarlaSugar on this, I don't think it's so much the cosmetics (which we apply topically) as the food (which we consume internally)... but nevertheless, the story begs the question: why do we need fake estrogen in our lipstick anyway?
emalove emalove 9 years
I don't think it's cosmetics either. I agree with Karla Sugar, I think it's the food and diet that a lot of Americans have; people are bigger nowadays.
Karla-Sugar Karla-Sugar 9 years
Oh, and I really don't think it's cosmetics. I think it's the food we eat.
Karla-Sugar Karla-Sugar 9 years
I knew it! I've thought this for YEARS! I think it's hormones in milk and meat (esp. chicken — the hormones they give them to make the breast meat bigger). Our generation has larger hands, feet, and breasts than our mothers.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Wow this is interesting...
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