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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Girl, Don't Use Corsets or Waist Trainers (or Whatever You Wanna Call Them) -- They Are Dangerous!

Black woman wearing a corset

Thanks to celebrities and models, the hour-glass look is in. Now millions of women around the world are wearing corset-like devices for hours at a time to compress their core, which will supposedly decrease the size of their waists permanently over time. It may be the in-look, but what is this doing to you inside? Well, it isn't good!

Death by waist trainers/corsets

Corsets and waist trainers are nothing new. Women wore them centuries ago to get that hour-glass look. But women who wore them in the 1890s suffered from the following health issues caused by corsets, and some even died:
  • internal bleeding caused by organs pushed in unnatural directions
  • broken ribs
  • falling due to inability to control balance
  • injuries to hips and spine
  • chronic gastroesophogeal reflux
  • fainting and falling
  • liver damage

No difference today

Well, guess what? They may call them waist trainers today, but they are corsets, and they cause the same damage. So, the question you need to ask yourself is "Is it really worth the risk?"

Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., comments, "Medically, it doesn’t make sense that cinching your waist tightly will make it permanently smaller. Once you take the garment off, your body will return to its usual shape. It’s also uncomfortable, restricts your movements, and if you wear it really tight, it can even make it difficult to breathe and theoretically could cause rib damage."

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