The art of waist training comes from the idea of corsets, used mainly long ago, to improve or give a more promising image of the female body. But this shortcut to curves for “beauty,” like most other shortcuts, comes with a price to pay. Health and wellness expert Dr. Tasneem Bhatia summarizes the practice as “[cramming] all of your organs together. So over a long period of time, wearing it too much and too frequently, it can cause damage too.”
Expectations of the female, and the male, body have become nearly impossible standards. I find myself continuing to blame this on technology and social media. Figures such as the one above, Khloe Kardashian, show how intense the results can be when waist training is taken to an extreme or one is worn too tightly. These images are flashed all over social media, sparking interest in women of all ages, and leading to the unsafe and uninformed practice. Not only can the rib cages become misplaced but the organs can shift around as well. Dr. Taz specifies that not only does “your diaphragm, colon, liver stomach, and small intestines [shift] around inside your body after wearing one for too long,” but also many other issues for the body may occur: such as lack of air, and heart burn. I can’t help but wonder if health has been placed on the back burner when it comes to beauty in today’s society and if so, is it even possible to stop this unreal image of the human body from escalating in the future? Lastly I am faced with the question of why do women feel so pressed to conform to society’s definition of beauty? Is it for herself, or worse, for the public?
I’ll leave you all with the words of Dr. Taz, “The side effects or negative effects can be long term or permanent, but the benefit is not.”
Atlanta, Kaitlyn Ross WXIA-TV. “Waist Trainers Strangle Organs, Doctors Warn.” USA Today. Gannett, 05 Nov. 2015. Web. 06 Sept. 2016.