Whatever you call them – boobs, knockers, bangers, jugs, melons – breasts seem to be everywhere these days. They’re on the cover of magazines; they’re inside newspapers and are usually wobbling around in films. Boobs jobs are increasingly popular and breast enlargement creams are flying off the shelves, but what do we really know about breasts?
Here are five things you might not have realised about a woman’s chest:
The average breast weighs 1.1lbs
Of course we’re all different, but research suggests the average breast weighs an impressive 1.1lbs and contains 4-5 per cent of the body’s total body fat. This may sound a lot, but breasts are mostly made of fat and muscle and can grow if we put on weight.
The average breast size in the UK is a 36D
A few years ago the average breast size in the UK was a 34B, but it’s now thought to be a 36D. Marks & Spencer introduced the J cup back in 2007 and Selfridges even stock a K cup range. Will our boobs ever stop growing?
Sheyla Hershey has the world’s largest breasts
Sheyla Hershey of Brazil broke records when she had her breasts enlarged to a 38KKK. She’s had a total of 18 plastic surgeries, mostly to her breasts and has been entered into the Brazilian edition of the Guinness World Records book.
Breast milk is more nutritious than cow’s milk
Breast milk has more vitamin E, more iron, more essential fatty acids and less sodium than cow’s milk making it ideal for new born babies. It’s also sweeter in taste and provides all the proteins, sugar and minerals that a growing child needs. The nutrition of the milk can change from day to day depending on what the mother has eaten and is different during pregnancy and childbirth.
Many unusual objects have been used to enhance the chest
Before boobs jobs became safe, women used to have glass balls, ivory, ox cartilage, rubber and polyester stuffed into their chest. These risky operations often lead to infections, deformations and sometimes death. Breast enlargement procedures are now safer than ever before and have been greatly improved with time.
Breasts might be nice to look at, but they’re also an essential part of a woman’s body and must be treated with care.