If you follow celebrity news at all, you’ve likely caught sight of a certain Kim Kardashian selfie that’s getting buzz. No she’s not wearing another see-through frock to an awards show. This photo was snapped of Kim at the gym with a horribly uncomfortable neoprene band, resembling a corset, synched around her waist. As she explains, she’s just really into waist training. Why are celebs like Kim, Jessica Alba, Khloe Kardashian, and Brooke Burke-Charvet swearing by the “modern day corset” for re-sculpting the waist? And more importantly, is waist training safe?
According to medical experts, no, waist compression isn’t safe, and here’s why…
1. What is the Point of Waist Training?
The so-called waist-trimming technique outfits a tight-fitting band around the midsection for lengthy periods (I’m talking hours at a time). The point it to apparently compress the core and trick your waist into reshaping itself to Barbie-esque, hourglass proportions.
Folks who are unfamiliar with waist training may be scratching their heads—or clutching at their abdomens—at the thought of such a barbaric fitness fad. For those of us who cringe at the thought of wearing too tight skinny jeans or Spanx, you’re not too far off.