In Some Cases, Beauty Really is Pain

The world today seemingly revolves around appearance and looking great at any age and at any time. Being so focused and concerned with outward appearance leads many people today to adopt the old saying, ‘beauty is pain.’ Well according to research, this saying might be true after all—research suggests fashion trends such as wearing tight clothes or control wear may cause or in some cases aggravate certain gastrointestinal conditions.

Trend: Control Wear

Wearing clothes that are too tight or too small whether you’re male or female just isn’t a good look. Especially, if you are aware of the unpleasant and unexpected side effects they can potentially cause. However, many people today can’t seem to live without their control wear—these garments work wonders by holding in the stomach making waistlines appear much smoother and smaller for many people.

You have probably seen old movies where women faint because of how tight their corsets were. Well, health risks caused by such beauty endeavors are still the same today, especially for those who turn to control wear to fix their beauty blunders. Control wear can increase pressure on the lower stomach which in return can force acid up into the digestive tract and potentially cause heartburn. Research shows that over time, wearing such tight garments could contribute to inflammation, ulcers and in some extreme cases, esophageal cancer. Also, conditions such as reflux and irritable bowel syndrome can worsen due to tight control garments worn on a consistent basis.

Trend: Skinny Pants

I am sure by now you have seen or know someone who has fallen prey to the recent fashion trend of skinny jeans. Although in some cases skinny jeans make the legs and backside look phenomenal on the outside, they could be causing some not so great health risks on the inside. According to the Journal of American Medical Association, 80 percent of patients who presented with heartburn or abdominal pain after meals wore pants at least three inches smaller than their true waist.

Women are not the only ones to blame for trying to wear clothes too small and tight for their bodies. Gastroenterologists have reported overweight men who squeeze into tight pants can in fact potentially aggravate an otherwise silent abdominal hernia. Whether male or female it is important to wear pants in which the waistbands sit above the hips so no unwanted pressure on the abdomen is caused.

It’s hard to not fall in line with the latest fashion trends in order to look great, but when those trends can potentially cause health issues it may be time to be above the latest fashions. If you suffer from gastrointestinal issues, wearing tight pants and control wear could possibly complicate your conditions. It is important to talk with Dr. Ihde about other issues potentially causing your stomach problems. In some cases, reflux surgery or medications may be suggested to treat more serious conditions.


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