Of course our curves can have an impact on our weight. For some women, large breasts mean discomfort during exercise, which can lead to avoiding it, which can lead to weight gain. At the other extreme, as Susan Seligson notes in Stacked, “Breast reduction . . . makes women feel thinner, and the thinner they feel, the better their self-image, the less they eat, and the thinner they actually are.” Even with this observation, however, Seligson wasn’t willing to endure the risks of surgery to convert her 32DDD’s into something smaller.
Most of us are probably not considering breast reduction in the new year, but even before cutting back on calories, let’s remember to do the things that improve our self-image regardless of our weight. Wear a great bra. Stand straight. Be active. And wear clothes that fit rather than hide who we are.
*Guillen, E., & Barr, S. (1994). Journal of Adolescent Health, 15, 464-472