“Hospital bound. Kidney disease healing mercies oh Lord need your prayers ya’ll,” is how 24-year-old Princess Shyngle captioned a photo of herself with her arm hooked up to an IV drip.
Shyngle is a model, actress, writer and producer with a 22-inch waist and 44-inch hips. She explains her hourglass figure: “I exercise every single day. I don’t have to go to the gym but I make sure I do my sit-ups at home. I drink my green tea, warm water and lemon every day, and I am always on a diet. Naturally, I have always been curvy. The slim waist is the result of waist training, but the figure is God given.”
A waist trainer is a corset worn by women in order to produce an hourglass figure. Doctors warn they can cause damage to internal organs, particularly the kidneys.
Your kidneys clean your blood, keep the balance of salt and minerals in your system, and help control blood pressure. If your kidneys are damaged, waste products and fluid can build up in your body, causing swelling in your ankles, vomiting, weakness, poor sleep, and shortness of breath. Loss of kidney function is a serious — and potentially fatal — condition.
A diminished waist and tight corset reduces the volume of the torso. This is sometimes reduced even further by styles of corset that force the torso to taper towards the waist, which pushes the lower ribs inwards. The liver is more than likely pressed upwards. The point where the lobes of the liver connect can become quite thin, resulting in eating, bowel, and even skin issues.
Dr. Galyna Selezneva warns: “There will be a disbalance in the cavity, as it is not normal to have such as small waist. There can also be changes to the ribs and bone structures. Obviously if you are wearing them repeatedly, you are not exercising the muscles, so they are also wasting.”
It’s okay to wear slightly tighter clothing to help reinforce the “full” feeling when you eat. But when you wear something so tight that you have to “suck it in” just to get it on, that’s a warning sign.
Instead, eat foods that target belly fat, improve your posture by sitting up straight, also just do simple exercises like walking, which can help with your shape and be better for you in the long run.