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 Ready for weight loss? » Join Talk forums » Ask CyberShrink » Ask GynaeDoc » Celeb body image idols 5 body trouble spots 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in, offering an historical insight into the origins of the bra dating back to the 14th century.Rouillon said that his unpublished work is still in the early stages and he is hesitant about giving one-size-fits-all advice to women, despite the media circus.His preliminary results on 330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 SA women depressed over early hair loss More: WomanNews SPONSORED: So many prizes! Click through and see our fantastic competitions. Would you prefer to go bra-less? E-mail us advertisement Get a quote 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 News African immigrants face ostracism in the US as panic takes hold Medical The worst rugby injuries caught on camera Lifestyle British woman dies while having butt implants removed Medical Two-way relationship between depression and activity News Australian doctors transplant 'dead' hearts Medical A troubled marriage may lead to weight gain From our sponsors Exam stress – a challenge for the whole family Eduloan offers affordable education finance Vote for 2014 Hill's Pet Slimmer of the Year Live healthier Strenghten your immunity » Keep your immunity strong Immune system boosters Boost your family's immunity 5 immune boosters in your kitchen You don’t need a handful of vitamins and supplements to keep your body healthy, check out these five immune boosting foods you probably already have in your kitchen. Depression » Depression Depression and ageing Teen depression Depression: do you know the signs? One of the key roles you can play in the health of someone who is depressed or suffers from anxiety is to make sure they get the help they need. Here's what you need to know.