The Hourglass Figure

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January 10, 2017 by jaqueline16



By Jaqueline Ramirez / City Honors College Preparatory Academy


Society has created criteria of what the ideal woman’s body should look like. So what is it you ask… it’s the hourglass shape.

If we look back in history, it becomes clear that this concept has always been around. Take the renaissance period for example, women’s fashion was composed of dresses and corsets. The idea was to achieve an itty bitty waist and appear to have a curvy figure. Sadly, this idea hasn’t diminished. In fact, more females seem to be intrigued by the hourglass figure.

That is when the idea of waist training comes into play. For those of you who don’t know, it’s the concept of buying a waist band and wearing it everyday in attempt of shrinking your measurements. Your typical waist trainer comes with three levels; initially you start at the first level (set of clips)and eventually make your way to the third level(set of clips).

Your waist, trainer literally becomes your best friend, or at least that’s how it seems. I say this, because in order for this to work you should wear your band when cleaning, running errands, at work etc.

Of course, you should take precautions when doing this. For example, don’t wear this when sleeping or working out. But, there are cases where individuals have taken waist training too far.

So is waist training effective and healthy?

I hate to break it to us females, but it is not.Think about your organs and ribs. By putting on the waist trainer you are doing nothing but squishing them. Literally, squishing them! There have been women who have passed out wearing the band, because guess what? It affected their breathing- duh.

Although, waist training has helped some ladies lose inches, it’s not guaranteed. With that being said, it all comes down to your personal choice. Is waist training worth the risk?

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