. For stars like Miley
Cyrus and ordinary high schoolers alike, these tummy-tuckers have become an
every-day article of clothing, which is damaging to more than just their
Shapewear is a term that’s used to describe tight-fitting
undergarments, like Spanx, that make the body appear thinner by keeping
tummies and curves tucked in and smoothed over. Spanx used to be thought of as only for older women, but
now, girls as young as 13 are trying ‘em on for size, according to
The main problem with girls relying on shapewear to feel
good about their appearances is that they’re not confident with their own
bodies. Even skinny girls feel like any curve is taboo, and they’re developing
an unhealthy image of themselves. What’s worse is that the tight-fitting
spandex is teaching them to ignore pain in order to look better. And if they
don’t mind that pain of being seriously sucked in, then what’s next?
When teens are ignoring the pain of shapewear, they’re
actually ignoring what could be a serious problem. Doctors have seen cases of
gastrointestinal problems, nerve damage and bladder infections all caused by
wearing shapewear. The problem is that the spandex is just too tight, and it’s
squeezing their internal organs and nerves. So the bottom line? Skip the Spanx,
spend some time in front of the mirror embracing the gorgeousness of your bod,
imperfections and all, and show Y-O-U a whole lotta love.
What do you think of
this scary trend?
BY CARRIE RUPPERT ON 8/20/2012 10:28:00 PM
POSTED IN body image, I feel fat, Love your bod, puberty