No matter where we turn, it seems all the stores are trying to entice us with their tight clothes. From the skinniest jeans ever to tops that accentuate every curve (and sometimes even flaw), it’s safe to say that most people prefer and willingly wear tight clothing all the time.
Yet here’s the problem – clothing that’s too tight and worn frequently can lead to dangerous health concerns. How so? Constricting our body in any way, shape or form is never a good thing. So whether we are intentionally buying tight clothing to give ourselves a different body shape or not, there’s a good chance we’ll get the shorter end of the stick.
Nerve and Lymphatic System Damage
We’ve all bought a pair of too tight jeans once in our lives. However, those of us who were persistent at wearing them probably felt the eerie numbness in both of our thighs. This strange feeling is actually called meralgia paresthetica, and it is as serious as it sounds.
Because skinny jeans constrict our thighs and make them somewhat thinner, the blood cannot circulate properly through them. Thus, if we squat a lot or ride a bus for a few hours, trying to stand up properly will seem like a nightmare. In fact, in some cases, the numbness quickly turns to pain and can last for a few days.
On another note, it’s important to remember that throughout our body, the lymphatic system is working hard to get rid of the toxins. However, if we decide to wear skin-tight outfits all the time, that system won’t do its job properly. Therefore, our immune system and general health will certainly suffer, and it’s likely this would even lead to an infection.
Heartburn, Ulcers and – Esophageal Cancer
Although most celebrities swear by Spanx, this piece of shapewear is not as innocent as it seems. Indeed, wearing too tight shapewear can lead to stomach acid rising into the esophagus. That can result in pesky heartburn, ulcers, and worst of all – it can also lead to full-fledged cancer.
Also, let’s not forget that shapewear of any kind will give us an hourglass figure but restrict our breathing at the same time. Just like corsets, modern-day shapewear tightens our core yet it doesn’t let the diaphragm move as it normally does.
So, shallow breathing and lack of oxygen are common issues, and quite likely the reason why many Victorian ladies used to pass out all of a sudden. No matter how we look at it, shapewear is just not healthy at all.
Finally, ladies should beware – the wrong bra size can destroy breasts and cause serious health problems. When the bra bands cut into our shoulders and back, they leave angry-looking marks. In addition, wearing the wrong size bra can lead to severe back and shoulder pain, which can impede us to live our lives to the fullest.
Another fan-favorite among modern-day women is the classic push-up bra. However, this one can also prevent us from breathing properly; it puts too much pressure on the collarbone and our ribs.
Therefore, the moral of the story is that although tight clothing looks great, we have to put our health first. Fashion trends come and go, but lack of oxygen, severe pain, and nerve damage can lead us to the emergency room. In the end, there are plenty of other options out there – so why are most of us risking our health?