Dangers Of Waist Training, Find Out Why It's Harmful To Your Body

Everyone wants a smaller waist and a flat stomach. This seems to an important factor in achieving the "perfect" figure. Many women are going to extreme measures in order to get the figure of their dreams. One of those ways is by waist training. With waist trainers (or corsets) women aim to reshape their bodies, particularly their waist, by wearing 21st-century corsets for a certain amount of time per day. You can see dozens of women on Instagram showing off their waist trainers. 

Many people wear waist trainers in hopes of trimming inches off their waist may not know what harm they are really doing to their bodies. 

 Photo taken from Kim Kardashians Instagram

Photo taken from Kim Kardashians Instagram

While this trend has been around since the 1800s, there is a reason why it was no longer used.  Many women have suffered from deformed organs and even fainted from corsets.

“There’s misinformation that body shape and body weight can be easily changeable to society’s standards,” says Leslie Heinberg, MD, Director of Behavioral Sciences for the Bariatric (weight loss) and Metabolic Institute at Cleveland Clinic. “But we come in all different shapes and sizes and some of us aren’t meant to have a tiny waist.”
“If a woman wants to wear Spanx to get a smoother look, that’s understandable, but wearing a corset isn’t a good choice for weight loss intervention or even physiologically,” she adds.
 Photo taken from 3 taken from girlsgonestrong.com

Photo taken from 3 taken from girlsgonestrong.com

Along with giving them a smaller waist, many women believe that waist trainers can help them lose waist. According to Dr. Sunil Sharma from the University of Florida Health, this is not true.    

“All you’re doing is compressing your stomach and pushing the fat around instead of getting rid of it. It’s a very temporary thing,” he says. “Would you be able to obtain fat loss after taking it off? I doubt it.”
 Photo taken from Instagram

Photo taken from Instagram

Needless to say, there are no benefits to waist training. If you want a smaller waist, diet and exercise is your only option. Don't let photo-shopped images online deceive you into thinking that it's the real body or waistline of your favorite celebrity. 

Have you ever used a waist trainer? Tell us your waist training stories in the comments section below.