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Doctors warn women about waist trainers – ‘It can damage organs, cause digestive problems’

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Waist trainer, body shapers and corsets have been used by women for centuries. But in recent times, it has become unusually popular and over endorsed by high profile celebrities all over the world. They have been said to reduce the size of the midsection and make the waist slimmer.

Though research has shown that waist trainers don’t really work, simply sticking to the right diet and doing exercises would naturally help reduce the waist line. Women would rather wear waist trainers because high profile celebrities endorse them as the secret behind their great bodies.

According to those in support of waist trainers, waist training is said to be a permanent means of waist reduction and re-shaping achieved by putting on a waist trainer, regular exercise and a healthy diet. Sellers of the waist trainers go as far as giving an assurance of a slimmer waist line if they are worn up to six hours daily for about a month.

Some women wear waist trainers in the quest for a permanent slim waistline, while others put it on for temporary purposes to enhance their figures on certain outfits and maybe boost their confidence.

The cost of waist trainers range from N8,000 to N25,000.

ENCOMIUM Weekly on a mission to know why women wear waist trainers, had a chat with some ladies who wear waist trainers to know why they put it on, if it has reduced their waist line, and with sellers to know if they get positive reviews from their buyers and with doctors on the dangers of wearing waist trainers.

Research has further shown that over 70 percent of women wear waist trainers daily.

 

Funke Adeboye

Do you wear waist trainer?

Yes, I do.

Have you seen any changes yet?

I have been wearing one for about three months and I can see little changes. I have lost about five inches off my waist.

 

Shade Akintan

Do you wear waist trainer?

Yes, I do.

Have you seen any changes yet?

Not really, though I’ve had it for over six months now. I hardly wear it. I only do when I want to put on body clinging outfits to make the dress look good on my body

 

Faridat Adamu

Do you wear waist trainer?

Yes, I do.

Have you seen any changes yet?

Yes, I have seen incredible changes. I have been wearing it for close to two months and it has worked well. Though I exercise and use a cellulite burner cream on my tummy and wear the waist trainer on it, the cream helps burn excess body fat.

 

Adeola Adeoba

Do you wear waist trainer?

Yes, I do.

Have you seen any changes yet?

Yes, I have, though the only time I put it on is when I am doing my exercise. I have a sport latex waist trainer and it is easy to wear while I workout.

 

Ashake Adeniyi

Do you wear waist trainer?

I used to, but not anymore. It hurts so much and can be so uncomfortable sometimes.

Have you seen any changes yet?

No, I didn’t. it was a waste of money. I got it for N15,000 and it didn’t work at all. I have decided to stick to a strict, healthy diet and exercises.

 

SELLERS CLAIM IT WORKS!

Mrs. Faleke

How does waist trainer work?

The waist trainer helps one drop the hard to lose fat around the waist line while enhancing the bust and butt. We have received a lot of great reviews about them. We also have a wide range of waist trainers and they have different uses. It should be worn for at least five hours daily, to be effective.

It reduces the amount of food one takes. I always advice my customers to eat healthy and do a little bit of exercise to achieve fast and great results.

 

Miss Anne

How does waist trainer work?

What I do first is recommend a meal plan for my customers before selling them a waist trainer. Trust me, a proper diet, plus the waist trainer is the best and fastest way to lose belly fat. Exercise isn’t even so necessary. I also make sure they understand it is a gradual process and not magic.

 

Miss Toyosi

How does waist trainer work?

The waist trainer makes one lose a couple of inches around the waist. They reduce hunger, give a lady a better posture and give a great body figure. There are different shape wears for different body types. So, I make sure I recommend the one that fits a client’s body type.

I recommend exercises like burgees and crunches to aid with the waist trainers.

 

DOCTORS WARN ON DANGERS OF WAIST TRAINERS

Dr Fadipe

A lot of ladies have suddenly embraced the waist trainer trend. Do you think there are dangers associated with the trend?

Women need to understand that the body shapers or waist trainers don’t help with weight loss. In fact, if it is worn too tight, it can cause digestive problem and affect food intake. It can also harm the major internal organs in the stomach.

The best way to loose weight or tummy fat, remains exercise and a healthy diet.

 

Dr Adelabu

A lot of ladies have suddenly embraced the waist trainer trend. Do you think there are dangers associated with the trend?

If at all anyone wants to use a waist trainer, it should be worn in moderation and not too tight, as they can cause a lot of damage to the internal organs and it also causes a lot of pain and discomfort. It could also cause compressed lungs and fractured ribs.

 

Dr Femi Adegoke

A lot of ladies have suddenly embraced the waist trainer trend. Do you think there are dangers associated with the trends?

There’s been no actual scientific proof that waist trainers work. What I am sure of is that waist trainers are not totally a healthy way to lose belly fat. They are totally uncomfortable and damage internal organs. For a flat tummy, exercises and a proper nutrition is the best way.

-TINUOLA JOSEPH

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