Spanx targeted for causing digestion, blood circulation problems
Ah, Spanx. Generically known as “shapewear,” they’re the stretchy, constrictive undergarments that slim ladies’ outlines and construct a more shapely appearance. It’s a shame, too, as it turns out they’re literally squeezing their wearers to death.
It might sound like common sense, but shapewear like Spanx—by definition—squeezes your body in on itself to accomplish that slim outline. But, says Dr. Kuemmerle Erickson, all that squeeze is putting a hurting on ladies’ blood circulation, digestion, and diaphragms:
“Shapewear couldn't do its job if it wasn't tight. Unfortunately … Dr. Kuemmerle says it can worsen acid reflux and heartburn. Restrictive clothing can also provoke erosive esophagitis.
Your digestive tract is also affected, explains Dr. Erickson. The intestines are supposed to contract and move food along, but when they're compressed over a long period of time, the flow of digestion is stifled.”
See that? Acid reflux, heartburn, esophagitis—hardly seems worth it when you put a name to the problem. Add onto that shallow breath, given that Spanx constrict your diaphragm and stomach, cutting off a full expansion that translates to a full breath. Top it off with some numbness, a tingling sensation, and poor posture, and you’re got a serious threat to health going.
So, please, ladies: Relegate your shapewear to the underwear drawer—don’t even bust it out for special occasions. Instead, stick with the sit-ups and up that body image perception.
Soon, you’ll find you never needed Spanx at all. The power was within you the whole time.