4 scary things cheap 'waist trainers' do to your body

Posted by Aldrin Guinares on

With 3 in 9 african american ladies admitting to trying a cheap waist trainer, here's what they actually do to your body (and a smaller waist is NOT one of them)

1. Skin irritation

One of the most common effects of waist training is skin irritation. Having something so tightly fastened to your skin for a prolonged amount of time will cause chafing that can cause serious discomfort. You may think a rash is a cheap price to pay for the 'perfect' hourglass figure, but you may not feel the same way if it leads to infection and your shape is the same as it always was.

2. Acid reflux

Anyone who experiences acid reflux will appreciate the intense pain it can cause. By compressing your mid-section, the trainer is also pressing on your stomach up higher increasing your chance of heartburn and indigestion. Not only can it cause pain, but recurring acid reflux can cause long-term damage by eroding the walls of the esophagus.

3. Bruising

Unlike traditional corsets, modern waist trainers don't have the same strength to affect the shape of your bones. This will means you will be left with bone bruises as the trainer compresses your body. You may not think this sounds that bad but bone bruises are significantly more painful and long lasting than regular bruises. With social media users getting younger and younger, there is a far greater risk to children whose bones have not formed fully as cinchers could actually affect the development of their bone structure.

4. Numbness

Not only will your blood flow be limited by the compression, your nerves may also be affected. This could cause you to experience pins and needles or numbness in your legs.