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?
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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.