Spanx and Other Shapewear Brands May Pose Health Risks

By on January 21, 2014
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Wearing form-fitting shapewear, like the popular brand Spanx, may cause a variety of health risks, doctors told the Huffington Post.  The purpose of shapewear is to squeeze a body into a leaner looking figure.  As a result of the compression, your body may experience not only pain but also injury to internal organs, the article states.

Some consequences of wearing shapewear include acid reflux, heartburn, abdominal pain, bloating, and gas.  People with bowel disorders are advised to stay away from shapewear because the squeezing of the digestive organs may stimulate incontinence.

On the more serious end, shapewear may cause nerve damage in the legs, which generally starts off as tingling and numbness.  Additionally, a decrease in circulation throughout your body may cause swollen ankles and blood clots.

Excessive moisture and sweat that gets trapped in the shapewear material may be a catalyst for all types of infections and folliculitis, which look like puss-filled red bumps.  These conditions are more prevalent in overweight and diabetic individuals.

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Shapewear Companies

Many shapewear companies tout the slimming benefits of wearing the form-fitting undergarments.  In November 2013, two women filed a class action lawsuit against Maidenform and Wacoal, alleging the assertions made on the product marketing materials were allegedly false and misleading.  Specifically, the lawsuits claim the promises of less cellulite, a decrease in fat, and smooth curves were bogus.  The companies claimed the use of caffeine, vitamin E, and retinol helped support their claims.  The complaint is pending in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

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