What The Prolonged Use Of Shapewear Is Doing To Your Body

by Charlene Flanagan

Everyone wants tiny waistlines, hourglass figures and the perfect curves in all the right places. This is perhaps what prompted the rib cracking trend of wearing corset waist trainers while working out, among celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Snooki and Jessica Alba. They are the next level of spanx, shapewear and compression gear, and are uncomfortable to say in the least. In fact, they can cause breathlessness and dehydration, and you will notice an increase in body temperature and a feeling of over exertion pretty soon after strapping one on. Is it any wonder then that doctors are advising against them? 

They warn that there are some real health risks to wearing extra-tight clothing for prolonged periods. Conditions like meralgia paresthetica and gastroesophageal reflux disease are among the common side-effects. But if thats not all, since wearing spanx is tedious, some women might not be inclined to use the bathroom too often, which could lead to urinary tract infections. Theres also a risk of contracting yeast infections and skin irritation, which can occur from sweating in tight compression gear. However, doctors arent ruling out shapewear completely.

Most of these problems go away quickly when clothing pressure is off, so there's no harm in wearing compression garments for short periods of time, if they give you a perceived boost, they explain. So, if shapewear does provide you with the illusion that its doing your body good, make sure you use it only when necessary; strapping on waist trainers while sweating it out at the gym for hours is a definite no-no!


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