Waist Trainers: A Beauty Trend or Health Hazard?

Photo Courtesy/ Apple Curves Kim Kardashian uses a waist trainer to achieve her hourglass figure.

By Angela Pender

Staff Writer

For years women have tried to obtain the “perfect” body image that the media deems as flawless.

Females from the teenage years to older women are striving to achieve the perfect hourglass body frame that celebrities flaunt in videos. Women want to attract attention and are willing to try almost anything to get it.   

For centuries women have been wearing waist corsets to tighten up the stomach area and empathized body features while being in extravagant dresses, but now this waist corset has been changed to the waist trainer and has become the essential tool for women’s  everyday workout.

Back in early 2015, Kim Kardashian revealed her workout secret to obtaining her hourglass body featuring her waist trainer. She explains how the waist trainer, while working out, is a great tool to help in weight lost and to get that perfect coke bottle figure, but forgets to mention the negative effect that it has on your body.

The objective of wearing a waist trainer is to make your waist slimmer as your hips get wider to appear to be “slim thick”, but according to USA Today, “It just crams all of your organs together. So over a long period of time, wearing it too much and too frequently, it can cause damage too” says health and wellness expert Dr. Tasneem Bhatia, an Atlanta physician.

It can also cause skin irritation by wearing something so tightly fastened to your skin for a long period of time that will eventually cause peeling that can lead to discomfort. “As well as putting pressure on your stomach,” as stated in netdoctor.com, “your entire internal network is being pushed to fit the shape of the cincher.

By restricting your diaphragm, you’re reducing the amount of oxygen you can take it. This can leave you feeling short of breath, light headedness and even cause you to faint”.

Working out and eating right is always the best workout strategy for trying to lose weight. Women should embrace their body and natural curves instead of trying to force to look like the girls they see on TV.

You should love yourself for who you are and make changes for you, not to impress others because in the end if you don’t love yourself, no one will.

Email Angela at:

apender1@live.esu.edu

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