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Waist Training – Yay or Nay?

Is the new Hollywood fad waist-training slowly hurting our bodies?

Lately you’ve probably noticed many female celebs who look like they’ve dropped major weight — but only in their waists. Somehow they’ve been able to keep their hips, thighs, and booty on point, but all of a sudden they have these tiny waists to give them more of an hourglass figure. And they are giving the credit to waist and corset trainers, which are similar to the corsets that women wore during the Victorian era.


The two most popular celebs that you may have noticed promoting this new fad on Instagram are Kim Kardashian and Blac Chyna. Both girls have posted photos wearing the garment while commenting that it makes their body so cinched that “no Photoshop is necessary.” Although their fans are running to buy this product in flocks, what the girls aren’t telling you is that what they’re doing to themselves is potentially much more dangerous.

According to a medical experts, women are wearing the tight corset over a lengthy period of time which can start from just a few hours, to up to 12 hours a day. The pressure of the corset(which is normally a size or two smaller than what the woman normally wears) is supposed to make the body feel longer and you’ll eat less which results in weight loss. Because you’re wearing the corset for so long, eventually your body starts to take that shape as well, but that can be the scary part.


The corsets compress and put pressure on bones which can lead to bruised internal organs and damaged skin. It can also restrict breathing and cause the person wearing it to pass out or develop a metabolic syndrome (which actually causes people to gain weight).

According to Huffington Post:

Bariatric physician Jyotindra Shah, M.D., in Westchester, N.Y., says

[…]“Putting this corset tight on the body could bruise your skin. People might put it so tight that the liver, spleen and kidneys could get bruised.

[The corset] could also restrict oxygenation, which is an important part of life,” Shah continued. “Oxygen helps the metabolism. It helps the functions of each and every organ of the body. Restricting oxygenation of the body could do long-term damage to your metabolism and health, and you don’t want that.”

“There is no magic bullet to losing weight,” concluded Shah. “I would not do this to my patients.”


Dr. Sara Gottfried, a gynecologist, told ABC News that corset training can cause constipation and shallow breathing, but if you still want to go through with it, only wear it for a short amount of time.

“If you’re wearing a corset 24/7, it can do a couple of things to your body,” said Dr. Sara Gottfried, a gynecologist who’s been treating women for 20 years. “Namely, it will be squeezing your ribs so much that you can’t take a deep breath. Corsets can squish your lungs by 30 to 60 percent, making you breathe like a scared rabbit. They can also put a kink in your organs and cause constipation.”

“If you do want to waist train, be sure you wear the corset only for a short amount of time,” she said. “You may want to consult your physician to make sure that your lungs and liver are healthy, and ideally, don’t wear a corset until after the age of 21, once the female body is more fully developed.”

Here’s a list of medical issues that blogger Lucy Corset has come across after interviewing a few waist-trainer wearers:

Some find that their blood pressure can become elevated while they’re wearing a corset (although those with chronically low blood pressure have found this to be beneficial for them)

Others find that if they have uterine prolapse, that the pressure from the corset makes it uncomfortable.

In my case, a corset that is not properly made to fit me can end up pressing on a superficial nerve on my hip and causing pain, tingling or numbness in the area (although this doesn’t happen with a custom corset designed to fit me; and other people who don’t have this asymmetry do not seem to have this issue).

Wearing a corset regularly (especially in the heat and without liners) can potentially cause skin problems which can become worse if you don’t treat it properly and take a break from the corset.

Some report slight constipation (although another chronically constipated person had reported becoming more regular since the use of corsets; results vary).

Other individuals have experienced headaches or acid reflux

It’s important to note that there are women who say they haven’t developed any health issues from corset training, especially those who get custom made corsets for their bodies and wear them for shorter periods of time. Also starting off with a waist-trainer that is only 2 inches smaller than your normal waist size, and slowly working your way to a smaller size may help. Before jumping on this bandwagon, though, do your research and find out what some of the long-term risks may be.

And don’t forget to consult your doctor during the process. One blogger reported that she requested X-rays from her doctor while wearing the waist-trainer to make sure her organs were okay. The last thing we want to do is kill ourselves for beauty!

Here’s what the corset trainers look like, which are slightly different than waist trainers but offer similar results.



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