Waist Trainer Health Alert: Hazardous To Breathing, Digestion, Elimination
Waist trainers are similar to 16th Century corsets in that they cinch in your waist, core, hips and back. The theory behind them is that if you wear them on a regular basis for a set amount of time, your body will eventually retain the shape and reduce the size of your waist, giving you an ‘hour-glass’ silhouette. While there no evidence to support that idea, there is proof it can lead to some pretty nasty side effects:
One of the most common side effects is skin irritation. Having something so tightly fastened to your skin for a prolonged amount of time will cause chafing that can cause serious discomfort. You may think a rash is a cheap price to pay for the ‘perfect’ hourglass figure, but you may not feel the same way if it leads to infection.
Anyone who experiences acid reflux will appreciate the intense pain it can cause. By compressing your mid-section, the trainer is also pressing on your stomach up higher increasing your chance of heartburn and indigestion. Not only can it cause pain, but recurring acid reflux can cause long-term damage by eroding the walls of the esophagus.
As well as putting pressure on your stomach, 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 inhale. This can leave you feeling short of breath, light-headed and even cause fainting.
Unlike traditional corsets, modern waist trainers don’t have the same strength to affect the shape of your bones. This will means you will be left with bone bruises as the trainer compresses your body. They are significantly more painful and long lasting than regular bruises, and there is a far greater risk to younger users whose bones have not formed fully.
Not only will your blood flow be limited by the compression, your nerves may also be affected. This could cause you to experience pins and needles or numbness in your legs.
Although a waist cincher will make your waist appear slimmer while you’re wearing it, every time you take it off your unhappiness with your shape will be perpetuated through comparison. You’re constantly reminding yourself of how much you dislike your body and being fooled into thinking your ideal figure is just out of reach. This false hope could leave you with the belief that diet and exercise is no longer necessary, as well as your becoming addicted to the wearing the cincher. In the long run, you’ll most find the whole experience rather distressing when the desired results are not met.