Look at this ish.
Chile…I GOT MY LIFE (back) thanks to @nowaistclique cause I fell off the wagon () well.. I’m back at it and this SNATCHED my waist Like a tight Easter ponytail!! (Yaaass) & It doesn’t hurt to wear it and it’s comfortable under your clothes! ( I almost wore it like this cause it’s cute) seriously, I’ve tried a few and TRUST me THIS one is the BEST!! #spon
I am obsessed with my new waist shaper from @premadonna87!!! I mean how cute is this shaper?!?! Snatching my waist and looking cute all at the same time!!! I definitely feel like a superhero in this waist shaper! Head over to @pre_shop or @premadonna87 to get your shapers ladies! #Boom #Boom #Pow #WaistGang #PreMadonna87 #Snatched
Over the past year, I’ve noticed an overwhelming craze and sensation for waist training on social media. Above are three celebrities that I follow on social media. All are professing their love and allegiance to waist training as a way to create a body shape that is more ideal via having a smaller waist. Not to mention, one can easily find similar praises and waist training tutorials on YouTube. Waist training has been promoted by celebrities and social media gurus as a way to shrink the size of ones waist by wearing a corset for several hours at a time, and eventually over time, the waist is made smaller.
Most wear the waist trainer so tightly that it creates a great deal of discomfort, which makes it difficult to consume too much food, thus reducing caloric intake. While that’s sick enough on it’s own, it has also been noted that waist training/corset wearing can potentially do damage to vital organs, interfere with normal breathing, compress the rib cage, cause bruising, and doesn’t actually shrink the waist anyway. My concern about this whole craze is what kind of message it sends about body shape and body image. The message being sent is one must create a smaller waist and an hour glass figure in an effort to be more attractive and more desirable. It’s yet another unrealistic and unattainable standard of beauty sensationalized by social media. In addition, this waist training phenomenon also endorses the idea that there are quick fixes to body image and weight loss instead of focusing on overall health and wellbeing. It’s an unfortunate unhealthy trend, and sadly, it doesn’t look like it will fizzle out any time soon.
Remember to be a social media skeptic. Question and counter the nonsense.
By Courtney Thomas, LCPC at The Body Image Therapy Center. If you would like to get in touch with Courtney please call 443-602-6515 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.