The Cost of Beauty: Waist Trainers

Waist Trainer/Corset

Today more than ever, the popularity of waist trainers has grown by leaps and bounds in the last 5 years. Fueled by the influence of certain celebrities, many women are cinching their waists within an inch of their lives in order to achieve that hourglass figure.

Yes, waist trainers are a modern-day version of corsets worn by European women beginning in the 15th century. One might think, “people wore them back then and felt okay so I can do it now”. Well, please remember — hundreds of years ago medical science was nowhere near as developed and good at detecting health problems as it is today. From the very beginning, corsets resulted in lowered lung volume and it wasn’t uncommon that women would faint from lack of oxygen.

That’s only the start of woes caused by corsets and waist trainers. Modern medical science has revealed many more problems of varying severity. The list includes:

  • Weakened core
  • Weakened pelvic floor
  • Compression of nerves and potential loss of feeling in legs
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms 
  • Rashes and infections
  • Organ damage

The bottom line is that waist trainers and corsets do more harm than good. You can literally injure yourself for life or even kill yourself.

A firm tighter waist can be achieved over time through training and the right eating plan. So you need to decide how badly you want that hourglass figure. Is it worth the cost of your health?

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