Fox News is giving half the story again, this time in a report about bra sales in Australia and the cup sizes associated with them. The message the Fox story sends is that these giant-breasted women got that way because of birth control, obesity and artificial hormones. In a story from The Daily Telegraph story, which Fox links, the causes are defined as age, estrogen from plastics and cosmetics and the reality that even smaller women have larger breasts these days, in addition to the obesity and birth control arguments. And that is just the beginning.
While the Telegraph story is a bit more diplomatic in its assessment of why bra sizes like J and K exist now in Australia, both stories offer up a few statistics to paint a picture that is not exactly the reality. For example, both stories juxtapose the average bra size in the 1950s (a B-cup) against numbers like an 8% increase in DD-cup sales in five years, which would lend itself to the notion that breasts are getting out of control. Yet recent research suggests that people are getting evolutionarily larger and taller in general. A Daily Mail article from 2007 supports that theory and also scoffs at the claims that birth control hormones could be a factor, because the hormones in todays pills are no where near as strong as they once were.
But you're right, Fox; it's probably just due to those over eating, over sexed ladies. Thanks for the update!