What are the health risks of waist training?

Caroline M. Apovian, MD
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
Waist-training is controversial for many reasons, one of which being the associated risks of frequently wearing a corset, or wearing one too tightly. These include risks of acid reflux, vomiting after eating, bruising internal organs, and more. 

Another question I would like to pose to those considering waist-training is, what are the benefits? There are no proven results in regards to weight loss, and there is no reason why anyone should believe that your shape will change through wearing a corset. Waist-training accomplishes nothing in terms of building up muscle tissue, nor in burning fat.

There are no shortcuts to effective, permanent weight loss. The three pillars of diet, exercise, and sleep must be in place to achieve a healthy figure and lifestyle.
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Nicole Florence, MD
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Health risks of waist training, or corset training: Compressing the internal organs, squeezing the stomach, suppressing the colon, and decreasing circulation. Watch as bariatrician Nicole Florence, MD, explains these health dangers and her concerns.

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