Let me preface this post by saying I am not a fashion blogger. I do not intend to speak on fashion with any type of knowledge. My own style pretty much follows these four requirements; clean, comfortable, fits, and doesn’t have holes. It may not be quite that bad, but it’s close. Just ask my kids. However, waist training doesn’t require any real fashion sense to discuss.
I don’t have to be a fashion blogger to understand trends. I also don’t have to be a fashion blogger to understand when a trend is simply unhealthy. Just because something is on the market does not mean it is good for you. Let’s take Lawn Darts for example. Anyone remember those? A few spikes to the head and some permanent brain damage took that one off the market rather quickly. I still want to know who thought throwing weighted metal spikes up in the air was a good idea. We might as well just have given kids broken glass to play with.
They say fashion always comes back around. A friend of mine is thrilled she saved all those kulottes from days gone by as they seem to be making a comeback. However, an ancient fashion trend that literally sucks the life out of you is not one worth returning to modern society, and yet it has.
What is it you ask? Waist training? It is wearing a corset-like contraption (yes, like the ones from the 1500s) to cinch your waist, hips, and back. Basically your entire core region. The idea is to wear it for a certain amount of time every day, and eventually, your body “molds” itself into an hour-glass figure with a small waist. Hence the term “waist” training. You essentially train your waist to be smaller.
Many celebrities of the reality type use this and I’m sure you can guess who they are. I won’t give them the time of day by telling you which ones as what they are doing and promoting is anything but healthy. Doing this and posting about it on Instagram only secures their place in my mind as the oxygen thieves that they are.
Is it safe?
When you wear this piece of torture, you squeeze your lungs and ribs, which makes it hard to breathe. (No duh.) A weight loss and nutrition expert, Christopher Ochner, Ph.D. from Mount Sinai Hospital has reported that some women have passed out from wearing these fashion asphyxiation garments. Let’s add to that there can be even further complications, crushed organs, cracked ribs, the list can go on.
Plus, experts say it doesn’t really work. Gasp! News flash people, “Spot reducing doesn’t exist,” says Ochner. “You can’t reduce the collection of fat in any one particular area of your body.” Basically you are just pushing it around, you are not losing any of it, all the fat will go right back to where it was no matter how long you do this for. Even wearing the “trainer” in the morning means by evening it will all be back where it started. There is no way to train your fat to stay put. It’s not Fido.
Basically wearing a waist trainer is a waste of time that can lead to other health issues. A real long-term weight-loss plan is what you need. However, that requires work. You are worth the work. Easy is not healthy, or permanent. Get real.
What are we teaching our kids?
So that is the skinny on this piece of crap trend of fashion. The health aspect anyway. What concerns me more is the message it sends our kids. Our young girls are duped into thinking they have to look a certain way, and our young men into thinking women need to look a certain way. We have been working so hard as mothers and fathers in today’s society to bring about a revolution of self-acceptance. Self-acceptance doesn’t mean we settle for being unhealthy, but that we be our best selves. We learn to take care of ourselves, eat right, exercise, and be happy with the results of an overall lifestyle that is hopefully combined with a healthy attitude.
Trends like the waist trainer are just one more demon on the horizon of young girls and women not thinking they are good enough, or pretty enough, or thin enough, or curvy enough. By bringing back a device that was removed from our fashion vocabulary centuries ago, we have wiped out all the good we have been doing in recent years. The reality show people, that I won’t mention, somehow rule the idea of image and health and beauty in this country have such a huge platform to relay a message of positivity, and they don’t.
We need to make sure we are heard above the roar of fashion and reality “stars” and teach our girls that they are so much more than a ridiculously unnatural waistline. We parents, sisters, aunts, uncles, and friends need to be the stars in our children’s lives and teach them that they are all that they desire to be already. We need to teach our sons that women come in different shapes and sizes and they are all beautiful and should be respected and cherished just the way they are. We need to not allow fashion like this to weasel its way into the mindset of this generation.
We don’t need to “keep up” with anyone. Let’s see this fad get dropped off by the wayside, better yet, the trash.