The Skinny On The Dangers of Kim K’s Torturous Waist Training

The old saying: “beauty is pain, darling” takes on a whole new dimension thanks to the latest US weight-loss craze: waist training. Usually, I feel fairly indifferent at best towards Kim Kardashian, but I did feel white-hot feminist rage and incredulousness when I saw her Instagram pics of her “extreme beauty secret” – her corseted waist training – on TV.

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What the hell, ladies?! There are very good reasons for the eradication of all-day corsetry wear – these torture devices, hailing from the 16th century, cause breathing difficulties, crushed ribs – oh and they damage your internal organs. Call me crazy, but surely no amount of skinny waist action is worth this pain and bodily damage?!

Some enlightened doctors called for corsets to be banned as early as the late 19th century, but we have our feminist forebears to thank for their public protests about the damage corsets do to women’s bodies and unborn babies.

Kim Kardashian, waist training, corsets
Now, corsetry is being touted as a way to train your body to retain a slim, curvy figure even when you’re not wearing one. What a croc!?

And it’s not just Kim K who’s to blame for this bullshit trend – other celebrities, such as burlesque queen Dita Von Teese and Jessica Alba have long praised the benefits of wearing them, with the latter confessing to wearing not one, but two corsets after giving birth to her second daughter Haven in 2011.

Are these women mad? My bet is Kim K is way too smart (I hope) to be wearing a corset for any length of time for waist training, but is instead being paid a ridiculous sum of money to endorse them via her social media channels.

For, any personal trainer or doctor of repute (like my outraged health practitioners, scathing in their thoughts on waist training) would have surely set her straight as to the extreme dangers, right? Sad but true, nothing matches or replaces the benefits of healthy eating and regular exercise, the old-fashioned way.

Sure, who doesn’t want to lose a few kilos, but are you going to risk your health to do so? Doctors say fainting spells are also a major side effect of waist training, due to the corsets quite literally constricting your lungs and airways. And other health experts have quashed the idea that you can get slimmer over time by wearing corsets, as fat’s squishy, and unfortunately, it bounces back (bugger).

Kim Kardashian, waist training, corsets
The only positive I can see from waist training is that the restrictive stress of it – while it’s causing you to develop malformation of organs – might make you eat less, by default! And I jest – anyone who tells you waist training is good for you must be selling something. Hang your head in shame, A-list celebrities – what a sick and dangerous message to send to young girls and women.

What do you think? Have you felt pressured to try waist training?

Main image via realitytvmagazine.sheknows.com; cartoon via blackdoctor.org and corset shot via necolebitchie.com.

December 1, 2014

How to get your celebrity body

How to get your celebrity body

Celebrities of today seem to have it all. Success, fame, fortune and top it all off, bodies to die for. Look at SheSaid favourite Jennifer Aniston. Not only has earnt mega bucks as Rachel from Friends, but she?s nabbed Brad Pitt and looked fabulous in the process. Now we can?t promise a Brad look-alike knocking on your door, but we can tell you Jen?s secret to her beautiful bod.

Angelina Jolie poledances to stay sexy
Don?t look so shocked! Poledancing has stripped off its sleazy image and is the new craze sweeping Hollywood. Angelina Jolie, Kate Moss, Britney Spears, Madonna, Oprah and Jen are all doing it, and not to impress their men either. Poledancing is perfect for improving your flexibility and muscle definition, particularly in the legs. It also tones your upper arms, shoulders and legs, while the skill to move around the pole improves your posture and deportment. Better yet, learning such a sexy skill increases sensuality and improves self esteem and confidence.
Polestars Australia run a poledancing course for women who want to increase fitness but have fun at the same time. For additional information, contact Polestars

Get Jessica’s tight butt with Bikram Yoga
Bikram Yoga
We all have heard about the benefits of yoga and pilates, and all the stars who endorse it (Meg Ryan, Bianca Jagger, Nick Cage, Gwnyeth Paltrow, Cameron Diaz, Christy Turlington just to name a few). Bikram yoga is the newest celebrity craze. Bikram yoga is similar to normal yoga, however it?s held in a heated room. The warm room allows for increased flexibility, minimises muscle strain, cleanses the body of toxins and works deep into your muscles to change your body from the inside out. It is a demanding 26 pose (asana) series which are designed to work through each part of the body. Jessica Simpson, Shirley McClain, Raquel Welch, Madonna, and Michael Jackson are all Bikram Yoga fans. For additional information, visit www.bikram.com.au.

For a body like Elle’s, take a walk
Pound the pavement
Many of the stars just love a good old fashioned run or walk for their workout. Sarah Jessica Parker keeps her body lithe by going for a walk a few times a week. Elle MacPherson, Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth Paltrow and JLo have all been seen jogging or walking to keep fit. No wonder why ? exercise is one of the best physical activities for people of all ages. It tones the body muscle groups and keeps the body flexible. The foot, leg, stomach and hip muscles and many of the back muscles actively support the weight of the upper part of the body, while the shoulder and neck muscles work harder to hold your head erect as you stride along briskly for a fitness walk. In order for walking or running to have any effect, you need to exercise for at least 45 minutes, 3 times a week.

Smoke free and beautiful Sarah O’Hare
Quitting Smoking
Ok quitting smoking isn?t exactly a form of exercise, but it has many similarities – it?s damn hard work but ultimately it?s going to be great for your body. Many of the stars are gradually realising that smoking isn?t cool. Christy Turlington, Sarah O?Hare, Ted Danson, Sean Penn, and Rob Reiner all are avid opponents to smoking. The theme of this year?s World No Tobacco day on 31 May is “Tobacco-Free Film and Fashion?. The intent is to raise awareness of the dangers of tobacco use and heighten concern about the depiction of tobacco use in film and fashion. For information, check out Health NSW or Cancer Institute.

Australian journalist Kathy Buchanan has written a great book, ?Quit for Chicks?. This is the quit-smoking guide for the modern woman with a busy schedule and a life to lead. It addresses the difficulties and quandaries you will face when you give up: what’s in it for me, will I put on weight, what will happen to my social life, and most importantly how do I stop?

Quit for Chicks
Kathy Buchanan
RRP $9.95 but only $8.96 if you buy from the SheSaid bookshop

May 25, 2004