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The growing trend of Waist Trainers

by Qainaat Aftab

Everyone wants an ideal body, whether that is being toned, strong built or curvy, especially with the new year – losing weight is hard enough; the dieting and the exercise, the thought of it requires a lot of effort alone! But what if someone was to tell you that the ideal body could be achieved by having a waist trainer. Is this the perfect solution? The only question is do they work? Let’s take a look at the famous phenomenon of waist training and the scepticism and controversy around them.

untitled (3)The phenomenon of waist trainers stemmed from the likes of the Kardashian’s on Instagram and supposedly even helped with Jessica Alba’s post baby figure. The idea of the trend is to wear a corset like garment underneath your clothing which presses the fat around your waist together. The action must be performed on a day to day basis for a certain amount of time and will eventually create a perfect hour glass figure. It sounds easy doesn’t it? Maybe a little too easy.

Individuals are going crazy for the idea, however, there has been a lot of scepticism and controversy around the trend. Is wearing a corset like garment every day good for your health?

Well, Rebecca Collins, 20, a student from John Moore’s University in Liverpool shared her opinion on waist training: “I bought mine off eBay. I started wearing it because I saw it on social media and the outcome looked great, so I wanted it try it to lose weight.”

corset-waist-training-botchedRebecca followed a regime every day in order to achieve the figure she wanted. She recalls her actions: “I wore it every day, under my clothes and even wore it when I was exercising. The more I wore it the tighter it got. At first it was uncomfortable and felt weird but after 2 – 3 days it was fine. I think it has definitely changed my body, [the waist trainer] has made my body more of an hour glass figure and flattened my stomach a fair bit.” She goes on to admit: “There have been no consequences from what I can tell, everything is normal. I would recommend it as it has worked for me.”

Although Rebecca has seen success with her experience, it has been strongly advised by the medical profession to not try the trend. However, the popularity of waist trainers continues to grow.

Marie Claire shared an article suggesting that the waist trainer would make it hard for an individual to breathe. The article stated: “When you wear this 500-year-old device, you squish your lungs and ribs, which makes it hard to breathe. Some women have actually passed out from wearing one for too long,” says Christopher Ochner, Ph.D., weight loss and nutrition expert at Mount Sinai Hospital. And if you keep wearing it for an extended period of time? “It’s not pretty. Think crushed organs, compressed lungs, and fractured ribs.”

Before the corset transformed into the must have slimming tool, corsets were originally worn by women in the Medieval Period to flatten the stomach. During the time, women were fainting and struggling to breathe whilst wearing the fashion accessory as it placed a lot of pressure to the internal organs. The dreadful fashion accessories resurfaced to modern day.

So is waist training the ultimate slimming tool or a complete hoax? The results have varied; some individuals have said to have great success with them, whereas others have not. I guess this is an experiment that I may have to try out to get a definite answer. We will just have to wait and see. However, for those of you contemplating trying the waist trainer – please do your research before you put one on!

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