What Causes Back Fat?

by Tomima Edmark

What Causes Back Fat?

There’s a fairly new phrase that’s popped into our vernacular: back fat. When a woman is walking away from you, and the back of her shirt is bumpy because her skin isn’t lying smoothly, this is considered back fat. Bras are the major contributor to this unattractive look. But the right fitting bra can also be the solution.


There are several reasons for back fat. The first is not wearing your bra correctly. Many women put their bra on by putting their arms through the straps and fastening the bra in back. However, they forget the final step—pulling the bra back down so that it anchors under your shoulder blades.

Left unadjusted, the back will creep up pushing your back skin up with it and back fat occurs. Another reason for back fat is wearing a bra with a band size that is too large. That’s right. Contrary to what you may think, back fat is created when your band isn’t tight enough.


This means your bra back will creep up and push your back skin with it. The proper bra band size will anchor the back of your bra keeping it in place and giving your back a smooth look. If the wings and back of your bra are too skimpy, this too can cause back fat. Wider sides and back are more flattering under fitted clothes and create less bulge. I know, it looks too “granny.”


But, who’s going to know but you? I’d rather have a wide back on my bra and no back fat, than some skimpy bra that leaves bulges. Finally, back fat is created with age. As we get older our skin becomes less firm. And, with additional weight gain, our skin tissue becomes soft and spongy. Consequently, any form-fitting garment we wear will create some indentation on our back.


I have a couple ideas for us older women. First, consider wearing one of the new shape wear camisoles instead of your bra. They are a great solution in that they give you support and smoothness all the way down past your waist.