Home > Lifestyle > Woman > News Updated 18 April 2013 Scientist says bras are useless A little-known French sports doctor who spent 16 years studying the busts of about 300 women sent a scare through a country known for its love of lingerie this week when he suggested bras were useless. 4 Shutterstock Related How to choose the right sports bra Breast self-examination 9 tips for better boobs Quiz Is my diet healthy? » 10 odours our noses can identify 6 body language mistakes to avoid Jean-Denis Rouillon, 62, was thrust into the limelight after he told a student radio station that his work suggested wearing a bra weakened the natural muscles that hold up breasts and women should consider going bra-less.National radio picked up the story and Rouillon, based at the small University of Franche-Comte in the eastern town of Besançon, was soon being hounded by newspapers and TV.France Info radio interviewed a 28-year-old volunteer in the study, Capucine, who said abandoning her bra had liberated her in more ways than one, improving her breathing and posture."You breathe better, you stand up straighter, you have less back pain," she told the national news station.Even the highbrow daily Le Monde weighed in, offering an historical insight into the origins of the bra dating back to the 14th century.Rouillon said that his unpublished work is still in the early stages and he is hesitant about giving one-size-fits-all advice to women, despite the media circus.His preliminary results on 330 women aged 18 to 35 suggested that wearing a bra from an early age does nothing to help a wearer's breasts and going without could improve firmness."The suspension system of the breasts degenerates," Rouillon said, explaining that bras also unnaturally hamper circulation."But a middle-aged women, overweight, with 2.4 children? I'm not at all sure she'd benefit from abandoning bras," he added. - (Photo of woman wearing bra from Shutterstock) More in Lifestyle Woman goes through hell with Implanon birth control implant More: WomanNews Would you prefer to go bra-less? E-mail us advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 4 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Partner Content The number 1 myth about healthy eating – busted! Lifestyle Top tips for building healthy bones Sex 9 sexually transmitted diseases you need to know about Medical 7 medication combinations that could be deadly Medical Playing on with concussion doubles recovery time Medical Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia From our sponsors Otrivin Menthol relieves sinus congestion Innovative hearing aids can now interact online Second Healthcare Innovation Summit set for Johannesburg Salomon introduces Speedcross 4 Live healthier Nutrition crisis! » Good nutrition on the job will give you the edge Nutrition labels on food encourage healthy choices Nutrition may be as big a challenge today as HIV/Aids was 15 years ago Many people in a large number of low and middle income countries now experience a 'double burden' of malnutrition. E-cigarettes less risky? » E-cigarettes not an acceptable alternative to most smokers UK health officials endorse e-cigarettes E-cigarettes less of a cancer risk than regular smokes A study indicates that smokers who switch to e-cigarettes reduce their exposure to cancer-causing chemicals.