Corsets and Long-Term Health Effects, No Spanx!
It seems the stereotype for “the perfect body” bounces back and forth much like Newton’s Cradle. One minute the uber-thin, curveless Victoria Secret body is in and the next minute the voluptous, hourglass figure is all the rage. When are we ever going to learn that loving your body doesn’t mean fitting into a perfect mold? A perfect mold is the perfect comparison for my current frustration that I seem to be spotting everywhere here in Southern California: corsets.
Ladies and gentlemen, what are we doing? The current fad “diet” (if you can even call it that) is absurd and the prominent root cause of this problem stems back to acceptance and body image in this world. With young women looking up to people like Kim Kardashian and Jessica Alba promoting this fad, it’s no wonder the Corset Diet is all the rage. Who wouldn’t want a beautiful slim waist, Hollywood fame and success like these two beauties? Me-and I’ll tell you why.
Confidence is what shines out to the rest of the world and makes you beautiful. No matter how cliche’ it may sound, beauty is on the inside and once you find it, it radiates outward for all the see. Having your internal organs compressed for two hours a day, leading up to 12 hours increments and feeling so nauseous that you do not want to eat sounds more like a torture game from a Saw movie than a “diet”. Besides, I hate the word diet. I mean, for decades so many people have made millions coming up with pills, cleanses, videos, classes, meal plans and shape wear and yet the golden rule remains the same: If you want to look and feel good, you have to eat well and exercise daily! It’s that simple.
The Corset Diet’s Facebook page states, “You don’t have to go on a strict diet and harsh exercise regime to lose weight. We have been approved by doctors and dieticians.” Really? When I search the webpage and numerous medical references, I did not see one doctor’s name advocating the Corset Diet; No names on the website, no professional organization’s emblem endorsing this insanity. Just a stock photo of a generic “doctor” doning a white lab coat with a cheesy smile on her face. As a matter of fact, I may have seen that exact same stock photo at my OB-GYN’s office last month.
Let’s be real. Nothing worth having comes easy. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Do you want to know what you will for free, complimentary of the Corset Diet to go along beautifully with that new hour-glass figure? Take a look at the bonus options and let me know which sounds most appealing to you:
Changes to the body’s bone structure, such as permanent rib compression
Bruised internal organs: mainly liver, kidneys and pancreas
Superficial yeast infections on the abdomen and back
Permanent shallow breathing due to compression of the diaphragm
Decreased levels of oxygenation leading to metobolic changes in the blood that actually cause weight gain
Decreased lymph flow to vital organs leading to a compromised immune system
Permanent urinary incontinence
Pinched nerves and Sciatica
But hey, you will look just like Kim K. in that dress, right? Love yourself. Love your body. Love your life. There will be plenty of time to have that 20 inch waistline when you’re dead.
[Editor’s Note: This is an opinion piece and does not necessarily reflect the viewpoints of Sensible Reason.]