A bunch of news outlets have recently reported that skinny jeans could actually be dangerous; possibly causing “muscle damage, swelling, and nerve blockages.”
Does this mean you should panic and toss all of your tight pants out the window?
The case mentioned in all these news stories is just that, one case, and the profiled woman suffered the consequences of her skinny jeans after helping a friend move all day. Those of us who are partial to skinnies know how uncomfortable it can be to squat in them for extended periods of time, so it’s actually not a surprise that someone suffered health complications from doing it over and over.
Even though we love a pair of flattering pants, and certainly aren’t freaking out over these outrageous news headlines, we’re also advocates of health. Tight pants, while fun to wear, can actually impact your health in small ways. While you probably won’t be heading to the hospital over these side effects of skinny jeans, it’s important to keep them in mind when you’re choosing an outfit for a long day — especially during the summer.
Stomach / Digestive Issues
If you’re wearing skinny jeans that are maybe just a little too small for you, they could actually be causing you slight digestive issues such as “abdominal discomfort, heartburn and belching.” Think about it — your stomach and organs are being constantly squeezed all day, more so when you sit down. If you find yourself unbuttoning your jeans just to get through the workday, throw those suckers out!
No one likes talking about this health issue, but wearing tight pants doesn’t do you any favors on a hot day. If air can’t circulate semi-regularly around that area, there can be an increase in the production of yeast. If you find yourself prone to these infections, you might want to forgo your skinnies for cotton underwear and looser pants.
Women who wear low-riding, tight jeans can develop this dermatological condition, which is essentially the “breakdown of fatty tissue at the outside of the thighs,” and happens because blood isn’t able to circulate properly.
If you know a guy who loves his skinnies, you might want to let him know that prolonged wear can really do some damage. “Twisted testicles, bladder weakness and even urinary tract infections,” are sending men to the doctor’s office in higher numbers than ever before.
So while you shouldn’t let these new sensational news headlines send you into a panic when it comes to skinny jeans, you should definitely make sure you’re buying the right size and rotating them with looser outfits. You can be fashionable and healthy – it’s all about listening to what your body is telling you!
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