How The Environment Affects Breasts

Who doesn’t love boobs? Whether you are a baby needing to feed or a grown man who gets his jollies from a nice pair… who doesn’t love boobs?! Believe it or not, the modern world in which we live does not.

Believe it or not, the modern world in which we live does not.

Boobs, breasts, titties, dirty pillows, whatever you want to call them, are the most tumor prone organ in the entire body. Florence Williams, the author of “Breasts: A Natural and UnNatural History” states that breasts soak up pollution like a pair of soft sponges. She further adds that these environmental toxins are then passed through babies when they feed on breast milk.

With genetically modified crops that help protect them against insecticides in Costa County, you’d think that we’d be able to help find something to protect our own bodies besides replacing them with saline and silicone.

The ever growing environmental factors are also contributing to young females developing breasts earlier in age and larger than ever before.

Williams also explores the reason that breasts exist in the first place. For those interested in evolution and biology, from that scientific approach, breasts simply exist due to natural selection. Mammary glands which produce milk for offspring must exist for a species to survive. Do huge breasts that make men fall over upon gazing need to exist? That is left for debate. On one hand, being attractive to the male species to create more offspring is fundamental for survival. On the other hand, humans are the only species to overtly sexualize the breast.

And with so much emphasis on breasts in our culture, there are over 300,000 people a year that get breast implants. But even without surgery, as previously mentioned, boobs are getting larger and larger. A lot of that has to do with the American diet and most of the population being obese. The fat from the diet, the environmental chemicals, birth control pills and other hormone replacement therapies interact with breast tissue and have caused the overall breast cup size in the country to increase. However, even the “skinny” girls are getting their boobs at earlier ages so the whole obesity thing isn’t an exact answer. There are obviously other environmental factors at play.