Skinny Trousers for Women
Many women swear by control pants, which hold your stomach in to make it look flatter. But tummy-taming underwear could also cause some unexpected — and unpleasant — side-effects.
‘Control underwear is the 21st-century version of the corset, with all the same health risks,’ says Richard Bricknell, director at the Bristol Physiotherapy Clinic.
The increased pressure on your lower stomach can force acid up to the gullet, leading to heartburn. Over time, this could contribute to inflammation, ulcers and, in extreme cases, oesophageal cancer.
Meanwhile, by artificially holding in your stomach, control pants prevent your diaphragm from descending fully while breathing, which can lead to hyperventillation, panic attacks and stress incontinence.
‘If there’s pressure on your stomach and you sneeze or cough, that pressure is forced down and not out, and could lead to an embarrassing leak,’ he says.