If you wear skin-tight jeans or tight girdle-like undergarments to try to give your body a different appearance, be warned about the health risks associated with these products.
Clothing is meant to complement your natural body shape, not change it. Too-tight clothing can cause numbness in your thighs and legs, due to the constriction of a sensory nerve that runs from your pelvis and provides sensation to parts of your thigh. You may feel like your legs are “falling asleep”—and eventually your feet can become numb as well. This numbness is known as meralgia paresthetica, a condition that can cause permanent damage if it continues on a regular basis.
When I was a teenager, I can recall squeezing myself into jeans so tight that I had to actually jump up and down to get them on, and hold my breath to zip the zipper! I also remember feeling numbness in my legs from time to time. Common sense eventually prevailed, and I began wearing jeans that fit and looked great. Sitting down and standing up no longer required forethought and contortionist maneuvering. Sound familiar?
I might add that both women and men can suffer from “tight pants syndrome,” which causes abdominal discomfort, heartburn and belching. Neurologists say this occurs when the pants are three inches too small for your waist. Food is not digested properly because of the pressure on the abdomen. This is especially problematic for people who suffer from acid reflux or chronic heartburn, as tight pants aggravate these conditions. In addition, men who regularly squeeze on tight pants can cause serious damage to the groin and bladder.
It’s best to forgo the trendy fashions that look great on the mannequins, but may not feel that great on your body. Instead, select good quality, stylish clothing that suits you, looks great, feels comfortable and will not jeopardize your health.
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