By: Annie Morgan
Ah, the quest to be thin.
We ladies go through everything to “look the part” – including squeezing our bodies into the infamous “SPANX” and corsets.
But what you might not realize is morphing your body into crazy and unnatural positions isn’t just uncomfortable, it’s dangerous.
In 2012, the founder of SPANX became the youngest billionaire to make the list of world billionaires.
This means women are clearly buying SPANX.
But despite the popularity, these are the top 3 reasons why you should throw the SPANX away:
You Are Crushing Your Organs
Every time you force your body to contort into an unnatural shape, your organs are being crushed in the process.
Imagine taking a rubber band and putting it around your internal intestines – that’s exactly what happens when you wear body shapers.
This causes your digestive system to act up and can cause everything from headaches to dizziness.
“It can lead to shortness of breath, if worn too snug, which decreases your oxygen supply, leading to lightheadedness and dizziness,” Mara Weinstein, M.D., a dermatologist with Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City, tells SELF.
In addition, excess pressure on your body brought on by too-tight shapewear can squeeze your abdomen, leading to abdominal pain, Ruby Greywoode, M.D., a fellow in gastroenterology at the Mount Sinai Hospital, tells SELF. It can also cause or worsen acid reflux and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). “[Excessively tight] shapewear may compress the stomach and prevent its contents from passing properly, and instead it can back up into the esophagus,” explains Greywoode.”
You Are Destroying Your Circulation
Think about it.
Stuffing your thighs into a tight pair of SPANX is cutting off your circulation.
And then wearing them daily for 8-10 hours a day can seriously damage your nerves, causing all kinds of neurological symptoms like tingling, dizziness, and even numbness.
The Los Angeles Times reported:
“Neurologists have long known about a condition called meralgia parenthetical which causes painful burning and tingling in the thighs when there is too much pressure on the nerves that run through the groin.”
In addition, yeah you might want to look nice, but wearing body shapers can actually cause blood clots or gasp varicose veins!
But it’s not just overweight mid-40s women rocking the shapewear.
One neurologist told the tale of a fit 15-year-old girl who came to see her because she was having nerve problems which included tingling and numbness.
Consumer Reports reported:
“My diagnosis: a compressed nerve in her pelvis… I told my patient to ditch the SPANX, and retire her skinny jeans as well. It might take a few months but I expect the symptoms to fully subside.”
They Can Kill You
Your quest to look good can kill you.
Squeezing your body so tight can lead to blood clots – which can kill.
The Atlantic reported:
“In addition to giving you a blood clot, Spanx can ‘worsen acid reflux and heartburn’ and ‘provoke erosive esophagitis,’ according to Dr. John Kuemmerle.”
If you’re going to wear them – you need to be aware of the risk.
Here’s the Deal
Listen, I know we all want to fit into that little black dress (and rock it with confidence).
If you absolutely insist on wearing shapewear, save it for special occasions and don’t make it a daily occurrence.
Our bodies weren’t meant to be squished and compressed…
… and especially not on a consistent basis for long periods of time.
Ruining your insides (and possibly dying) from bodywear just isn’t worth it!
If you truly want to look the part, be the part.
Eat healthy, and shop for clean foods.
Exercise, and take care of your body.
Make sure to get enough sleep, and drink plenty of water.
There are no shortcuts to health.
Ladies, are you addicted to shapewear?
Were you surprised to learn about the dangers of squeezing your body into these compressing undergarments?
Tell us your thoughts in the comments below and be sure to share this article with your friends and family to let them know the dangers of body shapers!