Waist Trainer Side Effects: Are Waist Cinchers Good or Bad For Your Health?

Waist Trainer Side Effects: Good or Bad? You gotta give it to the Kardashian girls. They may be annoying and all but they are trend setters. Okay, maybe they are not necessarily the trend originators but they seem to be early adapters of what’s going to be trendy. Wasn’t it a few years ago that everyone and their aunt are annoyed with Kim and her constant picture self-taking and oversharing? Now, everyone is into selfies and sharing them on Instagram and Twitter. Thankfully, our aunts are not doing selfies.

Anyways, another thing the Kardashian girls are into which is on its way to becoming a fashion trend is the waist cincher. We first heard about this on Wendy Williams who identified the Kardashians with this trend. Waist training will supposedly give you a desirable hourglass figure. Not only that, it is also being claimed that waist cinchers or waist trainers can help you lose weight.

Anyhoo, for those of you wondering about waist trainer side effects or those asking whether waist cinchers are good or bad for your health, here are some words of wisdom from medical professionals:

Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., clinical professor of ob-gyn at Yale School of Medicine (via womenshealthmag.com): Medically, it doesn’t make sense that cinching your waist tightly will make it permanently smaller. Once you take the garment off, your body will return to its usual shape. It’s also uncomfortable, restricts your movements, and if you wear it really tight, it can even make it difficult to breathe and theoretically could cause rib damage.

Jyotindra Shah, M.D., bariatric physician in Westchester, NY (via the Huffington Post): Putting this corset tight on the body could bruise your skin. People might put it so tight that the liver, spleen and kidneys could get bruised.

[The corset] could also restrict oxygenation, which is an important part of life. Oxygen helps the metabolism. It helps the functions of each and every organ of the body. Restricting oxygenation of the body could do long-term damage to your metabolism and health, and you don’t want that.

There is no magic bullet to losing weight. I would not do this to my patients.

Dr. Sara Gottfried, gynecologist on waist trainer side effects (via ABC News): If you’re wearing a corset 24/7, it can do a couple of things to your body. Namely, it will be squeezing your ribs so much that you can’t take a deep breath. Corsets can squish your lungs by 30 to 60 percent, making you breathe like a scared rabbit. They can also put a kink in your organs and cause constipation.

If you do want to waist train, be sure you wear the corset only for a short amount of time. You may want to consult your physician to make sure that your lungs and liver are healthy, and ideally, don’t wear a corset until after the age of 21, once the female body is more fully developed.

Dr. Margaret Andersen, internist with Westchester Health in Thornwood, NY (via lohud.com): Intuitively, it certainly can constrict all the abdominal organs, but it also pushes up on the diaphragm and makes it harder to take deep breaths. I see that often when somebody breaks a rib: Any time you’re unable to take a deep breath, you can cause little collapses in the lung called atelectasis.

That’s something we always worry about after surgery, that people are not taking in those deep breaths.


So there you have it! Now you know more about waist trainer side effects. We hope this will serve as a guide to those planning to use waist trainers or waist cinchers. Sure you can have an hourglass figure but this is only temporary. It is also doubtful whether you actually lose weight with waist trainers (which are apparently being marketed as “diet corsets”).

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What is not doubtful is that if you overuse these outfits (like using them 24/7 or if they are too tight), they will have a negative impact on your health and well being. Use them judiciously, people!

Waist Trainer Side Effects: Are Waist Cinchers Good or Bad For Your Health? posted 11 February 2015. Last update on 11 February 2015.