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? » Ask Ask the CyberShrink » Ask Is my child eating correctly? » Finding the perfect bra How to look fab at 40! 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in, offering an historical insight into the origins of the bra dating back to the 14th century.Rouillon said that his unpublished work is still in the early stages and he is hesitant about giving one-size-fits-all advice to women, despite the media circus.His preliminary results on 330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) Reuters More in Lifestyle France bans super-skinny models in a bid to stop encouraging anorexia More: WomanNews SPONSORED: Fedhealth What cover is right for you? Would you prefer to go bra-less? E-mail us advertisement Get a quote Fedhealth - What cover is right for you? Momentum - save up to 35% on healthcare advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 4 comments Add your comment Thank you, your comment has been submitted. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Parenting More babies born to mothers addicted to pain meds Medical 5 very bizarre medical inventions Fitness Genes determine which exercise is best Medical Rugby player's head Injuries linked to brain decline Medical Scientists question ethics of 'designer babies' Medical How smartphones are revolutionising eye care in Africa From our sponsors Is your baby dehydrated? How to tell. Taking charge of your health Man, take care of your health! Live healthier Healthy ears » A middle-ear microphone Deaf and drop-dead gorgeous The gift of hearing The strangest things found in people's ears Doctors have found some very weird things in patients' ears. We look at 7 strange things found in human ears . . . Live allergy free » 10 dog breeds for allergy sufferers Strange allergy cures Managing seasonal allergies Bust those allergies! All you need to know about relieving seasonal allergies.