Actress/TV personality-Ama Konadu Abebrese is a ‘good’ friend and a smart person—and that is why I am shocked. That is also why I have decided to go after her on this one and by stretch take on all the other bimbos bombarding social media platforms like facebook and instagram with this new waist trainer nonsense, despite all the health risks and the fact that it does not work as they claim.
This whole generation and market of waist trainers/training was championed by the Kardashian cotton-heads…
Kim Kardashian has posted several photos on instagram claiming to be obsessed with waist training/trainers—so has Khloe and out of that quarters, Jessica Alba ridiculously attributed her sexy post baby body to wearing a similar product (corset) day and night for 3 months.
Today, this waist training/trainer nonsense has found its way into the African lifestyle and even though I’ve come across several lame African celebrities and wannabes promoting this on social media, I’ve remained resolute in not writing a piece to give them attention.
But if you see the smart ones like Ama K. Abeberese endorsing such products with repost on instagram for perhaps some cash, then you have to get worried—and attack the fast spreading misconception.
It’s worrying that Abebrese who could just have taken to Google even if she did not know about the health risks of using these products—failed to do so. And more also, this is a scam, the claim that it helps you lose weight anywhere around your waist is a lie.
It doesn’t work as the sellers and promoters claim—not if you are looking for more than temporal results says Caroline Apovian, M.D., professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and a spokesperson for The Obesity Society.
Caroline Apovian, M.D told Health.Com earlier this year that; “If you’re going out and want to look really thin, I don’t see a problem with wearing one of these for an evening. In fact, wearing a waist trainer may even help boost some women’s confidence and encourage them to exercise and eat healthy. If you look in the mirror and like what you see, it can potentially be a good thing.”
“But as for the claims that these devices can actually reshape the body or trigger fat loss, there’s no evidence. In my opinion, that is complete nonsense,” Dr. Apovian said.
It’s just not that, several experts believe that regularly wearing a waist trainer can actually decrease core strength—exactly the opposite of what you want if you’re aiming for a sexy stomach, says celebrity trainer Nicole Glor.
Yet, people continue to parade this waist training thing online, deceiving people that it works and it helps them to lose some weight—shockingly, out level headed celebrities are joining in too. Majority of these people on instagram are lame and if the few smart ones are helping sell this deceit with health risks, then where are we going?
According to Health.Com, “If a waist trainer is too tight—which many of them appear to be, if recent celeb photos are any indication—it could cause discomfort, interfere with breathing, or contribute to heartburn. “Your stomach might get pushed up beyond the diaphragm, which could cause reflux,” says Dr. Apovian. “If you’re wearing one and you experience those symptoms, that’s a definite sign that you need to loosen it or take it off.”
Wearing a waist-cinching device for a workout isn’t a good idea either, says Glor, especially if it restricts your mobility or your ability to take full, deep breaths. “It can really affect your ability to work hard,” she says. “Plus, I would worry about back acne from the tight apparatus and extra sweat.”
Women’s Health Magazine also reported on the dangers of waist trainers/training and said; “Medically, it doesn’t make sense that cinching your waist tightly will make it permanently smaller,” says Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., clinical professor of ob-gyn at Yale School of Medicine.
“Once you take the garment off, your body will return to its usual shape. It’s also uncomfortable, restricts your movements, and if you wear it really tight, it can even make it difficult to breathe and theoretically could cause rib damage.”
The Columbia Chronicle also has produced an interesting article on this, saying;
“Mary Jane Minkin, a clinical gynecologist and professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at the Yale School of Medicine, said despite the hype surrounding the lasting effects of a waist trainer, women will not actually see any long-term results in muscular development or weight loss, adding that once the trainer comes off, the body will go back to its natural shape.
“It’s quite silly to be honest,” Minkin said. “While you’re wearing it, your waist will be smaller when you cinch it in, but after you take it off, there’s going to be no difference. It’s not like it’s training you to do something.”
Because pelvic and abdominal organs are slippery, they can shift during waist trainer use, which can interrupt digestive processes. Permanent health consequences only occur in an extreme circumstance in which a waist trainer was abnormally tight, but short-term consequences do exist.
Minkin said if the intestines are restricted by a tight waist trainer, they are unable to properly digest food and carry the possibility of regurgitation because food cannot pass through the digestive system. What is more unappealing than barfing on yourself at dinner?
Because waist trainers can be harmful and do not yield lasting results, wearing them to attain a permanently smaller waist size is useless. Women will see a difference while they are actually wearing the waist trainer, but it will not permanently alter the shape of the body, making the trend a pointless and laughable effort.
What is disappointing and questionable is celebrity-endorsement of waist trainers on social media. Kardashian is paid anywhere from $750,000–$1 million for one product endorsement. Even if Kardashian is not using a waist trainer regularly herself, she is encouraging other women to do it. Besides, audiences cannot be sure that celebrity bodies have not undergone extensive plastic surgery. It is easy to endorse a product when you already have the results it promises.”
Everyone wants to lose weight and doing it the healthy normal way—healthy living and exercising is difficult, but that does not mean we should encourage such things among a Ghanaian population of illiterates.
As Dr. Apovian said, “Waist trainers won’t have any lasting effect on waist size, shape, or appearance. They’ll make you look slimmer while you wear them, but you may have to put up with some discomfort—and maybe even some health risks—in return.” So what exactly are we selling or promoting to these young people, especially young mothers on social media?
When did Kim Kardashian and her low level people become health or weight lost experts such that a whole generation has bought into this nonsense—with even our smart Ghanaian celebrities helping to promote this rubbish?
For the new mothers, the experts say “the devices’ other purported post-baby benefits are much less convincing. “The uterus is going to shrink when it feels like shrinking and you can’t get rid of water weight with a corset—that’s simply not true.”
How on earth will Ama K. Abebrese be championing skin-bleaching campaign and be promoting this waist trainer/training in the face of the deceit and health hazards? At least, allow twats like-Moesha Boduong to champion this…
Ama K., stop drinking too much of that Ghana kool-aid, it perhaps impedes your reasoning.