Why You Should Think Twice About Waist Training

October 27, 2014  |  
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Hourglass figures are all the rage, but are waist trainers the way to go? Fashion may say yes, but many doctors are saying “no.”

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They’ve Been Around For Long Time

Corsets have been in use since around the 1800s. Can anything that’s been around for that long really be wrong?

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They Went Out Of Style For An Important Reason

Ever wonder why women were always swooning back in the day? Those fainting couches were specifically designed for women wearing corsets. The restriction makes it hard for you to get enough oxygen to even stay conscious. And even if you manage not to pass out, the oxygen deprivation leads to lung infections, slows your metabolism and starves your organs. Wear them for too long and the damage can become permanent.

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Bikini Season Is Around The Corner

Waist trainers are a great way to snatch your stomach just in time for summer…right?

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Your Bikini Plans Could Backfire

Wearing waist-trainers, corsets and shapers for long periods of time can lead to skin chafing and rashes. And if your skin is prone to unsightly scarring after skin damage, you could put a permanent end to bikini season before it even starts.

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It’s Only A Little Uncomfortable

And every woman knows that beauty and pain are closely related.

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That Pain Could Be The Sign Of A Serious Problem

Fractured ribs are a common side effect of waist-training, especially if you train your waist around the clock. Even a dull pain in your ribs could be a sign that they’re bruised or even broken.

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It Gives Me An Hourglass Figure

Everybody wants an hourglass figure, and waist trainers will get you there…

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It’s Moving Your Organs Around

A snatched waist comes at a price. Corsets give you an hourglass figure by moving your internal organs around. Squishing them out of place with shape wear can damage and deform your organs. Wear waist trainers for too long and your liver, spleen and kidneys can suffer permanent damage.

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They Suck You In Overnight

Waist trainers don’t just nip you in at the sides, they make you feel like you’ve lost pounds of fat virtually overnight.

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The Fat’s Not Gone, It Just Moved

Director of Bariatric Surgery at the University of Florida Health Jacksonville, Sunil Sharma, MD explains that waist trainers don’t actually change your figure, they just re-shape it:

“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. Would you be able to obtain fat loss after taking it off? I doubt it.”

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You Eat Less

One of the benefits of a waist trainer is that it makes you want to eat less, which can lead to a lot of weight loss in the beginning.

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You… Move Less

Turns out, waist trainers make you feel like eating less because they’re restricting your stomach and intestines from moving. That means that food that goes in has trouble getting out. This backlog can lead to acid reflux and constipation — both of which can cause long-term problems if they go on for too long.

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You Want A Look That Will Last A Lifetime

Just pop them on for a few hours a day and waist trainers offer you a low-maintenance way to keep your waist trim forever… right?

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It’s All Temporary

Waist trainer’s sound like an easy way to a permanent hourglass figure. But doctors say that the results are only permanent. Waist trainers only work as long as you wear them. And the longer you do, the more likely you are to cause permanent damage to your organs, lungs and skin…

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  • Myra Esoteric

    Whatever. There’s always a price to pay for beauty. Sometimes when you diet too much you stop getting your period. Look at the people getting sick from booty shots. A corset is nothing, everyone used to wear them, I’m not really fat but I need one to break in my ribs down to a smaller size. It’s for when you have frame size issues, like if your waist is 28 inches and your hips are 30 inches and you want to change that. I think.

    Working out burns the fat but sometimes you have to remodel things around a bit

  • Lafawnduh

    “It’s All Temporary
    Waist trainer’s sound like an easy way to a permanent hourglass figure. But doctors
    say that the results are only permanent.” Who the hell proof reads these?

  • Kelly Schuermann

    It must be true….it’s on the internet.
    Seriously? Where are the facts to back this up?

  • karleenamarx

    Most of these things are easily avoidable by not rushing it, wearing a properly fitting, well-made corset, and not overdoing it. Obviously it’s not a solution for permanent weight loss. That’s a ridiculous notion. It can make permanent changes, however, in basic waist measurements, but this is only if done gradually, and correctly.
    As for the “there’s a reason we got rid of this,” the fainting wasn’t mostly because of corsets. I recommend going to a source about this that is more reputable, and better informed, such as a blog run by someone who actually waist trains.
    I’m not saying it’s the most healthy thing. But it doesn’t have to be dangerous or uncomfortable. If it’s something you want to do, just be informed, and follow that information as closely as possible.

  • MrZazzles

    1. These celebrities are getting liposuction, but posting pics with waistrainers to fool people into thinking its from that.
    2. Regular chicks are going to do this, be in the club, break out that nae nae dance and pass the hell out.
    Good day, all.

  • disgusted

    I hope this Meg chick has been fired for posting incorrect information and shaming a woman who actively works on her fitness because of a postpregnancy condition and not just to get a stupid ‘snatched waist’ KMT


    This was a very poorly written article with too many errors and too many slides to click! UGH!


    Thanks!!!!!! it also helps with posture. Also waist cinchers are not corsets. Women who corset with those dangerously thin wastes pull it in very tight cause they can tie it as tight as they want. Some people take it too far because they have a obsession with a small waist. A waist cincher is what you see celebs rocking it two sets of hooks to adjust as you loose you come in more. each time you loose weight you have to buy a new one. I work out in a cincher with abolene and it has help me loose 9 inches, my doctor says its fine because its helping with my posture. Its not so tight I can’t breath its like spanx for your tummy. It fits enough to give support because you have to know your waist measurement to buy the correct size. so its not killin you its made to support and help those core muscle. Its not an overnight thing or quick fix. It takes diet, exercise and time. Have a seat MN

  • Stay Golden

    Thanks so much for speaking up. MN is tacky and unprofessional. They should have reached out to you 1st to get an understanding on this subject mater

  • Kate

    I would just like to say that I am absolutely disgusted at the misuse of stolen pictures from the Mommy Fitness facebook page. You should be ashamed of yourselves, and I hope she sues you!

  • Guest

    Does ANYBODY proofread the articles before they are put online?

  • Dalia Oriakhi

    This picture is false! I know the girl in the picture. She has a facebook blog called Mommy Fitness and she suffers from Congenital diaphragmatic herniation. She has had that since birth. It has nothing to do with waist training!

  • Maggie

    I am sure your comment was insightful/heartwarming or some other stuff but it was too long to read. I only have 8 hours of blogging time while I am at work sorry cant do it wont do it!

    • C.

      Then what was the point of taking the time to even comment? To use the opportunity to be snarky? I get it.

      • Maggie

        Precisely, especially when I see someone re-post the same comment to at least 5 other people.

    • disgusted

      you should be fired for your blatant disrespect

      • Maggie

        Fired from where? You should stop commenting due to your blatant ignorance, lack of punctuation marks and lack case sensitive letters.

  • Eeka Baby

    Using a photo of a person that has an actual medical condition & did waist train is horrible. I’m starting to think the MN staff are using wrong information and bad grammar as a marketing strategy…


    the fact that I was clicking on pages that lead to the content of the article…IS NOT OKAY

  • Trini_Angel

    Shapers or waist trimmers are for lazy people who want the trim waist but refuse to work out. I love and enjoy going to the gym and running. Yes sometimes I want to scream at my trainer but in the end I look and feel better and not waist trimmer can give me that feeling

  • Yawn

    There are many flaws and contradictions in this article. Proofread please.

  • Get it right

    I just found out that the person in the picture with the misshaped abdomen actually has a condition called Diastasis recti and it has NOTHING to do with waist trainers. I’m not promoting bodyshapers but this article is full of mistakes and misleading information.

    • rainbow

      thanks for saying this. I thought it look like diastasis recti, but maybe maybe the corsette causes it? maybe?

  • Wow

    This stuff is now bordering on mental illness. Crushing your stomach to near organ failure for slim waist, butt implants and butt injections to make ones behind larger than humanly possible ,surgically changing eye color, it’s out of control. How is this not also a form of body dysmorphic disorder? We hear about anorexia and bulimia, this right here, there may not yet be a special name for what “this” madness that black women are doing to their bodies but it needs some serious medical attention instead of freak show, laugh at, and ridicule attention. An intervention is definitely what these ladies need.

    • rainbow

      it is not a black thing, it is a woman/western society thing

    • J Russ

      it’s not a black thing..black women are just starting to get into what white (and other races) of women have been doing for decades

    • Patricia Maria O’Connor

      I waist train. I’m white. I am fine. I could sit here and compose a long reply to your post, but it’s too stupid to take up that much of my time.

  • Simone Mackey

    Third time I’ve seen this article today. Better to exercise and eat clean.

  • pwH

    I wish this was on the front page – I can’t count how many people I know who are waist training. bad bad bad This is another short fix covering up permanent damage and/or long time damage. I was tempted to do it – but once I saw the health risks, the desire went away. Remember this is only body you have – you dont get another one. lol

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    • Patricia Maria O’Connor

      Only scary because it’s INCORRECT.

  • hollyw

    You know what, this piece just p*ssed me off. It took me til slide 4 to realize y’all would rather break up what should’ve been a simple azz article into a 15-slide, one-sentence-per-page subpar piece of writing. And to top it all of, there’s a fugging Shapewear corset coupon on top of the page, I refuse with MN today *deuces*

  • Lexi

    i WORKOUT AND USE MINES DURING A WORKING OUT SO i SWEAT MORE. Either way I’m pleased because I work out all the time anyway:) Excersise keeps the fat away not just putting on a corset/waist trainer.

    • pWH

      Stop it – you are damaging your body. You are fine without it! (Read 11 & 15) With love!

  • Jaytee

    Waist trainer’s sound like an easy way to a permanent hourglass figure. But doctors say that the results are only permanent. don’t you mean TEMPORARY? – Are you guys hiring copywriters? I am available

    • Guests!!!

      I caught that too!

  • Guest

    I used to do waist training in my 20s. I did it for a while after I had my kids and stopped doing it 2 years ago and joined the gym.

  • wveronica7

    why so many pages?

    • lulubear

      i’m guessing to hide the fact that its a poorly put together article

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      • NOPe

        As is the case with most of MN’s “articles”. The comments provide 95% of this site’s substance.

        • pWh

          I come for the comments!

  • IllyPhilly

    People don’t exercise anymore?

    • Soffy

      I do but I guess a lot of people these days are conditioned to having everything right away. People don’t know how they miss out on kicking fat’s butt the old fashioned way. Lol!

      • Maggie

        It’s more about looking healthy than actually being healthy just lazy.

      • Who’s that lady

        Yes when did the world become so vain, I know a lot of sistas selling them and buying them tisk

      • Bridget

        But, TECHNICALLY, according to the article “the old fashioned way” IS wearing a corset. lol

        • Soffy

          The old fashioned way I’m talking about is physical activity. Corsetting was never to lose weight but to make the figure appear more hour glassed. In fact, in times of corset wearing, in order to be considered beautiful and healthy you had to have a good deal of fat on your body. Skinny was considered frail and not suited for childbearing (in otherwords, not wife material) Lol!

      • IllyPhilly


    • Trisha_B

      What’s worse is when people who are obviously very overweight wear these things. Arms & legs be as big as ever, but they got this tiny waist like they look normal smh

      • lisa

        Like picture 10?!?!?!?