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Russians, Scandinavians Top ‘Atlas of Breast Cup Sizes’

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Relax, all you data-hungry world travelers. At last there’s a guide to the countries with the biggest breasts. German newspaper Bild has published a World Map of Breasts, a color-coded plan showing how women around the world stack up in terms of cup size.

It turns out that Russia and the Scandinavian countries are the top-heavy winners, with a “greater than D cup” average size. American women weren’t too far behind; the map shows the average U.S. cup size is D.

But Bild itself points out in a blog entry called Hooray for Boobies that the data used to make the cup-size map might be flawed. And the results might seem a bit counterintuitive. Breast tissue is composed largely of body fat, so it may be tempting to chalk up larger breast size to a country’s higher rate of obesity. But that comparison doesn’t quite match. In the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s 2009 rankings of the world’s most obese countries, the U.S., Mexico and New Zealand rated highest. But Russia, which ranked lower than the OECD average, came in first.

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The Real-Life Ukrainian Barbie Doll

Facebook(NEW YORK) -- With a teeny waist, disproportionately large breasts and wide, icy-blue eyes, 21-year-old Valeria Lukyanova says she is the real natural deal. A real-life Barbie, that is.

That’s what she claims anyway. Many are crying foul to her claims of her au natural Mattel-branded looks. Whether she underwent plastic surgery or uses Photoshop to carve out that waist remains unclear. On her blog, the model notes that she is the most famous woman on the Russian Internet because of her doll-like appeal.

Hundreds of photos on her Facebook page show a wide-eyed, nearly fake-looking Lukyanova posing in a variety of scanty outfits. But with  nearly 8,000 subscribers to her Facebook page, it’s unclear whether Lukyanova exists at all, or whether it’s all a hoax thanks to the world of photo editing.

She did not return requests for comment, and, upon friending the model, a message from Facebook states, “Sorry, this user has reached the limit of pending friend requests.”

If she is real and does not use Photoshop on her photos, she likely underwent a barrage of plastic surgery. Dr. Malcolm Roth, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, said plastic surgery should never be used to transform oneself into a favorite celebrity or, in this case, a play toy.

“We believe evaluating any and all issues that may affect our patients’ well-being, including psychological factors, is part of providing total patient care,” Roth said in a statement. “Additionally, Valeria is also only 21, so certain milestones in growth and physical maturity ought to be considered before plastic surgery is performed. ASPS cautions patients to keep in mind that plastic surgery is real surgery with real risks, just as with any operation, so the decision should not be taken lightly.”

Whether Lukyanova is real or fake, Photoshopped or plastic surgery, Diane Levin, professor of education at Wheelock College in Boston, said the mystery of her existence is not the issue. The problem is that her flaunted image epitomizes and exemplifies the issue of objectification of women in today’s society.

“Barbie has always been controversial and really changed the discussion on how girls play,” said Levin, author of the book So Sexy So Soon: The Next Sexualized Childhood and How Parents Can Protect Their Kids. "When Barbie came around, play suddenly became about dressing up and looking right and it eventually played a role in how women wanted to look in real life.”

While Lukyanova is an extreme example of societal expectations of perfect beauty, Levin said, “If society expects women to look like that, it is harder for almost any woman to totally resist it.

“This just feeds into our media screen culture, where being involved with real things are becoming more and more removed for children,” Levin said. “Even if she’s totally Photoshopped, the fact that her body is being changed to one that no one actually can attain epitomizes what is happening in our society.”

Levin encouraged parents to have an open discussion with their children about sexualization and objectification in the media.

“Rather than just writing it off as someone or something that is ridiculous, allow your child to share your thoughts and have an open discussion about healthy self-image and expectations for themselves and others,” she said.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Russia Tops List of Countries with Most Smokers

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- A new survey says that Russians are the world's biggest smokers.  A World Health Organization study released on Tuesday says that Russia has almost 44 million adult smokers, or 40 percent of the population.  The study also finds that 60 percent of men smoke and 22 percent of women light up.

The study surveyed 14 countries that "bear the highest burden of tobacco use."  Those include countries like Brazil, China and Egypt.

It was done with the help of the Russian health ministry.  An estimated 400,000 to 500,000 smokers die every year in Russia, accounting for almost 20 percent of the mortality rate.

Cigarettes are very cheap in Russia, costing under a dollar per pack.  The study showed that the average smoker has 17 cigarettes a day and spends about $20 on cigarettes a month.

The Russian government has tried to clamp down on tobacco sales.  It has put warning labels on cigarette packs, and hopes to ban advertising and phase out smoking in public places.

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