Stars—they’re just like us when it comes to wearing body shapers.
Whether it’s on the red carpet or at the office, more and more women
(and even some men) are relying on the tight undergarments to streamline
their figures. Accordingly, sales are busting out—Spanx alone has
a market value of $1 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal.
But are those super-tight body shapers putting the squeeze on your health?
Hanan Alnaaj, MD
St Mary High Desert Medical Group
in Victorville gives us the skinny.
“If you wear very tight clothing for long periods of time, it can
put you at risk for certain health complications,” Dr. Alnaaj says.
“They can range from bladder and yeast infections to tingling or
numbness caused by compressed nerves. There is also a chance that tight
shapewear could restrict the circulation of blood through your body, which
makes you susceptible to blood clots that can then travel to the brain,
heart or lungs.”
Dr. Alnaaj says that if you do want to wear a body shaper there are a few
things to keep in mind.
“Try to limit them to special occasions; don’t make it part
of your everyday wardrobe. Also, when you buy shapewear make sure you
get the right size—there is such a thing as too tight. Constricting,
too-small garments can cause more problems and are just more uncomfortable.
And never layer multiple body shapers to wear all at once. If you feel
you need to put on two or three body shapers under your outfit, it might
be time to change the outfit to something that makes you feel better about
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This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical
care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.