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Back to the Victorian Era

By Ashley M. Williams--Recently, I heard about this new phenomenon that is gaining popularity: body shaping Victorian era style AKA waist training.  Kim Kardashain and her sister, Khloe, have been strong supporters of it, promoting the constricting devices on Instagram.

And since then, many have taken notice and believe that the waist-training device could be the key to getting that "perfect" curvy shape.

It's important to note that to get this "ideal" shape, you literally have to squeeze your body into a corset in hopes that your body will eventually change its natural shape and mold into this hourglass shape. 

My concern is the impact that it will have on a person’s body. Those in support of the corset-wearing device told AZ Central that they recommend people only a half inch, to an inch of reduction per month as a healthy benchmark.

What happens if people constantly wear the device to get that “perfect” shape? Could that cause strain on your body, causing tension to the rib cage and waist muscles?

According to Pablo Prichard, MD, Chief of Plastic Surgery at John C Lincoln Hospital, in Phoenix, the answer is a resounding yes. 

He told AZ Central, “Wearing the device over time can actually modify the skeletal system--to the rib cage...Going past that is certainly causing your body undo stress to your abdomen."

Proponents of moderate waist training or corset wearing recommend only a half inch to an inch of reduction per month as a healthy benchmark.

I can’t say whether I would use this device in the future or if I recommend for people to use it. Just like anything, I think the product should be used in moderation and that the person should make sure to not use it in a damaging way.

I really feel concerned about young women's perceptions of this product. They might believe it is the key to getting that Kardashian shape that they are looking for. It’s this whole notion that their bodies are still not good enough, that a certain kind of curvy is worth altering your body for. As a society, we have got to do something to combat this idea.

Who is the judge of "enough"?

To me, it is the person himself or herself. If they love themselves, then why keep making them feel like they are imperfect?

About this blogger: Twenty-six year-old Ashley M. Williams is the founder and CEO of RIZZARR! She is also a multimedia journalist. Whether she is traveling the world or highlighting today’s news coverage, Williams is deeply driven and enthusiastic about persistently using journalism and social media to inform and inspire others to initiate positive changes in the world.

Photos courtesy of Kim Kardashian and Khloe Kardashian's Instagram accounts

Also by Ashley M. Williams:

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