Rihanna wearing Spanx

Boosted by celebrity endorsements by such stars as Oprah Winfrey and Gywneth Paltrow, Spanx has revolutionized the women's undergarment industry. But doctors are now sounding alarms about potential health risks faced by consumers when they wear the restrictive garments.

Doctors warn that the Spanx garments can squeeze internal organs and cause circulation problems that could potentially be fatal.

“It’s like putting these giant rubber bands around your upper thighs and tightening them when you sit,” chiropractor Dr. Karen Erickson told the Huffington Post.

From Parade.com:

First, while shapewear slims your figure, it also squeezes your organs, compressing the stomach, intestine, and colon. This can worsen conditions like acid reflux and heartburn, prevent healthy digestion, place unhealthy pressure on your bladder, and compress your diaphragm, preventing full respiration.

Spanx and other shapewear can also cut off circulation to your legs. “It’s like putting these giant rubber bands around your upper thighs and tightening them when you sit,” chiropractor Dr. Karen Erickson told the Post. Decreased circulation can lead to blood clots and the development of varicose veins, she added.

And in one of the ickier warnings, tight shapewear traps moisture on your skin when you sweat, which can lead to yeast and bacterial infections, including infection of hair follicles (folliculitis), which can be hard to treat.

So while it’s fine to wear Spanx or other shapewear every now and then for a special occasion, Dr. Erickson said it should not be part of your daily wardrobe.

Photo: Splash News Online

  • MsOnederful

    I agree

  • rwilliams4782

    I'm OK with my gut

  • Dr.GiGi

    Well I don't know about Spanx doing this...but that Body Magic :blink: I have had many near fatal experiences with that thing. * rocks like Miss Sophia #itaintworfit

  • Beta

    Hmmmm

  • Afiya

    She looks a hott damn mess!!!

  • OutsidetheBox

    :thankyou: for the :newpost:

  • Tea Is Finally Here

    I let my hubby read the comments about "Watermelon" and he was very amused. Sandra your readers are the best.. and this is the first blog I come to in the morning for my daily tea and shade.

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

    :facepalm: I have on spanx

  • Yardgirl

    I tried on the Spanx, took it off and returned it to the store stat!! :phew: That ish felt like I was being squeezed by an octopus. And some chicks say they wear TWO at at time?? Da hell otta here!! :sideeye:

  • OutsidetheBox

    :eyeroll: By your size. Case closed. Women have been wearing panty hose for how long?

  • Nakeya_J or Keke thanks to Unshake

    She looks crazy....butterum, yeah, Spanxs look like they hurt. I do want some though.

  • rwilliams4782

    Spanx has the same effects like a corset

  • Trendsetter

    Hmm so this waist training that I'm currently doing with a corset could kill me???

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

    But spanx don't even hold you in, it only smoothes you out :thinking: must be some different spanx....... spanx to me hardly feels like under clothes :shrugs:

  • MsB2u

    :coffee:

  • http://santanasantana.wix.com/artist San ah make ya dance

    Im :dead: At the title from jump :hahaha: Did an art project based off corsets. Insane what women do

  • PumpkinsMama

    Jenny what thee hell for? I'm starting to reconsider this here friendship contract :rofl:

  • luVn_liFe…

    And in one of the ickier warnings, tight shapewear traps moisture on your skin when you sweat, which can lead to yeast and bacterial infections, including infection of hair follicles (folliculitis), which can be hard to treat.
    ~~~~~~~~
    :blink: YIKES
    My co-worker wears em EVERYDAY

  • http://santanasantana.wix.com/artist San ah make ya dance

    By your size. Case closed
    --------------
    :bite: I needs it smaller :eek: :hahaha:

  • Just Looking

    Le Sigghhhhhhhh - So this whole trend with corset traning is now out the window. Makes sense, I tried to tell Breden and Pumpkin that walking the Track with spanx was doing more harm than good for their chronic yeast and pubic ingrown hair issues.

    :nun: :tea:

    :facepalm:

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

    feels like under clothes..... not uncomfortable ....... actually really comfortable :shrugs: they shyt must be too little or something

  • http://santanasantana.wix.com/artist San ah make ya dance

    :rules: Suck it in! That is all :phew:

  • luVn_liFe…

    And some chicks say they wear TWO at at time?? Da hell otta here!! :sideeye:
    ~~~~~~
    chile they MUST got alot going on :smack:

    @JENIE I think they get a size too small??

  • Who Dat

    Dr. Erickson
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^
    DIS BISH is a chiropractor!

    That is like my dentist telling me I have a heart condition.

    Suck a dack lady.

  • http://santanasantana.wix.com/artist San ah make ya dance

    This lady was at the gym yesterday on the floor, Syran wrap showing all underneath her hoodie :hahaha:

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

    PumpkinsMama says:

    Jenny what thee hell for? I’m starting to reconsider this here friendship contract
    _____________

    Chile I wear a spanx under tight fitting shirts and clothes..... it smoothes everything out..... but hell It don't suck in :tea: shid I wish it did, maybe it would give me a lil shape..... #teamnohourglass :crying1:

  • Just Looking

    Trendsetter says:

    Hmm so this waist training that I’m currently doing with a corset could kill me???
    _____________
    IKR... I did it for my wedding, but didn't wear it on that day. I would only wear it for a couple hours of day. :kona: NOT :ashamed:

    My waist looks fabulous... :nun:

  • OutsidetheBox

    Spanx has the same effects like a corset
    ________

    I have never worn spanx or shapewear that felt like a corset. I have TONS of shapewear. And corsets. Really they feel nothing alike. Corsets with that boning will have you *swoons side to side* :lol: I think ppl buy their spanx too small thinking they gonna look smaller. Womp womp.

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

    2spanx at a time :nono: If one don't get the job done, ya azz need to re-evaluate ya damn outfit :tea: real talk

  • Afiya

    These is some 'don't breff shyts' :no:

  • Nakeya_J or Keke thanks to Unshake

    I think ppl buy their spanx too small thinking they gonna look smaller.
    ------
    And end up looking like an overstuffed can of biscuits.

  • Just Looking

    Womp womp.
    _____
    :mad: 16 year does this. I be madder than a mofo....

    This made me HOWL. :rofl:

  • PumpkinsMama

    I think they talkin bout like Squeem. Had one after I had Pumpkin, it was the bomb :bounce: Needed that support after c-sect AND made me feel confident goin back to work :yes:

  • http://santanasantana.wix.com/artist San ah make ya dance

    I barely like putting on tights or panty hose. Can't do the shapewear

  • Nakeya_J or Keke thanks to Unshake

    If one don’t get the job done, ya azz need to re-evaluate ya damn outfit :tea:
    --------
    Or your diet....

  • Trendsetter

    Just Looking says:

    Trendsetter says:

    Hmm so this waist training that I’m currently doing with a corset could kill me???
    _____________
    IKR… I did it for my wedding, but didn’t wear it on that day. I would only wear it for a couple hours of day. NOT

    _________________________________

    Well I started waist training in the spring/summer but stopped. I was wearing it 12 hours a day...and it worked along with diet and exercise. Now I'm back doing it but I only wear it about 4-5 hrs a day.

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

    rwilliams4782 says:

    Spanx has the same effects like a corset
    ______________

    You couldn't possibly on a spanx :tea: or you need to go up bout 2 sizes Mamm :tea:

  • Who Dat

    I have TONS of shapewear
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Like my mom and aunties call it...my "help"

    Every pair of draws I OWN except my thongs got some kinda dayum built-in help. Not b.c I AM fat. Cause my azz is. I got a size 8 body with a size 12 azz and legs. Fugg folks. I am mad.

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

    own*

  • OutsidetheBox

    :hahaha: The compressing the stomach part? :rofl: Whew. Them big ass guts aint got no worries. Stomach under seven layers of fat. Go home Roger. :eyeroll: :rofl:

  • luVn_liFe…

    Who Dat says:

    Dr. Erickson
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^
    DIS BISH is a chiropractor!

    That is like my dentist telling me I have a heart condition.
    ~~~~~~~
    :huh: Say WHET NAHH, so she can diagnose lumarDOSIS?

    @SANAHMAKEYADANCE . .
    thats SOOO Embarrassing! Im sick of all these NEW FOlKS at the gym, standing around looking like, What TO Do??

  • http://santanasantana.wix.com/artist San ah make ya dance

    It’s like putting these giant rubber bands around your upper thighs and tightening them when you sit,”
    ------------
    Like a rubber band around your finger

  • Nakeya_J or Keke thanks to Unshake

    Needed that support after c-sect AND made me feel confident goin back to work :yes:
    -------
    Someone brought me one after my C-section and it did not hold anything! It hurt! I did not try it ever again! However, for the next kid, I am going to buy one myself and do it right. But you were cool with it? Not pain or anything?

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    Sorry for the slow posts. Did anything happen when I was out at lunch? :)

  • OutsidetheBox

    And end up looking like an overstuffed can of biscuits.
    ________

    Kim. The other day. :| How your Spanx showing folk?

    Even the girl on Shahs of Sunset got custom spanx! :nun:

  • http://santanasantana.wix.com/artist San ah make ya dance

    Not b.c I AM fat. Cause my azz is. I got a size 8 body with a size 12 azz and legs.
    ------------
    :rofl: You don't need no support Dubb

  • Nakeya_J or Keke thanks to Unshake

    Dubb thicker than two snickers! lmao. Go girl!

  • Just Looking

    Stomach under seven layers of fat. Go home Roger. :eyeroll: :rofl:
    ____________
    :stop: :rofl:

    Been wearing a girdle since I was 12. Grandma, said it "help" you keep your figure.

    :yes: Just like DUBB said

  • luVn_liFe…

    Corsets with that boning will have you *swoons side to side*
    ~~~~~
    :rofl:

    @PM after child birth/C-sections is one thing,but two at a time and a size and half to small to give the illusion of FIONE is NOT it :nono:
    I wore a TIGHT ASS Girdle after I gave birth,it felt good

  • Who Dat

    This can worsen conditions like acid reflux and heartburn, prevent healthy digestion, place unhealthy pressure on your bladder, and compress your diaphragm, preventing full respiration.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    SEW CAN PREGNANCY. She just described a big 9lbs baby taking a nap on your bladder when you 15 months knocked. Cant breathe. Got heartburn. Constipated. Bish you just described late phase pregnancy.

    Speaking of...I have a Dub that turned 9 today :yahoo:

  • OutsidetheBox

    Sorry for the slow posts. Did anything happen when I was out at lunch? :)
    _________

    Well, they kind of decided they don't like your new girl for you (and definitely not for the blog!) and they are planning an intervention. What you think? :bite:

  • http://santanasantana.wix.com/artist San ah make ya dance

    Luvn I was like Word. Shouldve just bought a sweat top (whatever they are called)

  • Who Dat

    Did anything happen when I was out at lunch?
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    What did you eat while you were at lunch Sandra????

  • Just Looking

    Sandra Rose says:

    Sorry for the slow posts. Did anything happen when I was out at lunch? :)
    ____________
    Where you go Ruth Chris in Tokyo?

  • rwilliams4782

    Is this nicca bumping a loud azz radio in a Ford Taurus

  • luVn_liFe…

    Sandra Rose says:

    Sorry for the slow posts. Did anything happen when I was out at lunch? :)
    ~~~~~~~~
    YES! WE ALMOST DIED A SLOW PAINFUL DEATH WOMAN :mad:

  • OutsidetheBox

    I barely like putting on tights or panty hose. Can’t do the shapewear
    _______

    Really.. I love them I think they are so sexy. Or a woman's body in them is so sexy..well certain bodies. :lol: :ashamed: Anyhow, they sexy @San. Reconsider for your guy.. :heart: a body stocking perhaps? :tea:

  • deedeegirl

    I used to do business with the creator of Spanx when I owned my salon. I have never been a fan of those things, they are just too damn hard to get into. But the do make a seamless bra that was quite comfortable.

  • nybrn2

    Tried the Body Magic for about a week and decided I enjoyed breathing better......

  • luVn_liFe…

    Ive never Tried SPANx or bodymajics - considered it, I seen it in person, I was :huh: dafUGG.
    it looks like it takes alot to get into
    NOT FORME :nono:

  • OutsidetheBox

    Like my mom and aunties call it…my “help”
    Every pair of draws I OWN except my thongs got some kinda dayum built-in help. Not b.c I AM fat. Cause my azz is. I got a size 8 body with a size 12 azz and legs. Fugg folks. I am mad.
    __________

    :yes: THAT PART. I like "the Help". #adopted :lol: Listen if the others get to hide under a hunnid layers of makeup, we can wear shapewear. :lol:

    And I found some of them thongs on amazon. What. :tea: I dont like no ripples in my body cons.

  • Just Looking

    well certain bodies. :lol: :ashamed: Anyhow, they sexy @San.
    ___________
    In other words, if you built like a Magtag double door fridge.

    Forgetaboutit

  • Beta

    Sandra Rose says:

    Sorry for the slow posts. Did anything happen when I was out at lunch?
    -----------------------------

    What were you eating that was a long lunch :lick: maybe :lol:

  • rwilliams4782

    Wish my boo was curvaceous

  • PumpkinsMama

    @ Keya I mean I was still tender, but I had the one that looks like a vest so it really felt like a supportive hug :rofl: Lifted the boobs too :thumbsup:

  • http://santanasantana.wix.com/artist San ah make ya dance

    Really.. I love them I think they are so sexy. Or a woman’s body in them is so sexy..well certain bodies. :lol: :ashamed: Anyhow, they sexy @San. Reconsider for your guy.. :heart: a body stocking perhaps? :tea:
    -----------
    I loves Sexy :winky: I've done some things with panty hose, but other times they annoy the hack out of me.

  • Milky

    Sooo they got.spanx for men too! I dont.ever ever ever want to see no man in no damn spanx :rofl:

  • Who Dat

    Tried the Body Magic for about a week and decided I enjoyed breathing better……
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Now Body Magic was something SPECIAL. WHOOO LAWD :facepalm:

    My husband and my oldest daughter BOFF had to put me in that bish first time I wore it. :rofl: And my husband KEPT saying this is some extra ridiculous shat right here. :nono: I couldnt EVER get it on all by myself. But it took two folks (daughter was 11 at time) and 30 minutes to get it on. :ghost:

  • http://santanasantana.wix.com/artist San ah make ya dance

    decided I enjoyed breathing better……
    -----------
    :rofl:

  • http://santanasantana.wix.com/artist San ah make ya dance

    you built like a Magtag double door fridge
    ----------
    :ghost: Know what's for you and know what aint. No miracles happening aight :hahaha:

  • http://santanasantana.wix.com/artist San ah make ya dance

    Yall like those socks that come up to the thigh?? Guy loves em :yes:

  • OutsidetheBox

    What kind of spanx yall talking? :thinking: Ive never tried the body magic thing. Because those bodies magically looked worse in the afters. :blink:

    Spanx the brand is very good imo, but Yummie Tummie is better if you like hi end. And I say better because of the fabric, price and build. The stuff at Kohl's = overpriced unless you have uber discounts, dont buy it.

    Walmart has good shapewear too. Sure do. Target, not so much. #helpful

  • Caramel Rain

    I DONT WEAR THOSE. I WORK OUT :tea:

  • Who Dat

    built like a Maytag double door fridge.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Belly Thrice

  • PumpkinsMama

    Milky :tittays:

    Ladies It was QUITE uncomfortable at first, but I got used to it :shrug: and I did see where my wasit "seemed" pulled in more when I finished. Helped my posture overall :yes:

  • OutsidetheBox

    :happybirthday: baby Guhl Dubb! :wave: <---2014 rubberband loom colours!

  • PumpkinsMama

    :rolleyes:

  • OutsidetheBox

    Yall like those socks that come up to the thigh?? Guy loves em :yes:
    _________

    :phew: :heart:

  • rwilliams4782

    Bet that spanx be rolling up on their azz

  • Who Dat

    Walmart has good shapewear too. Sure do
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    JCP do too. But that Body Magic thing? I copped one cause my BFF was SELLING em on some pyramid scheme shat. So I didnt pay $200 for one I had. Tried it. Hated it. No clue where it is to this day. I do shapewear. Not nessc. Spanx the BRAND. I have some pieces from them...but just reg erryday shapewear.

  • luVn_liFe…

    Yummie Tummie
    :lol:

  • OutsidetheBox

    You also piss on innocent rabbits. *Scale of Justice hands* :|

  • Just Looking

    @Mac - I've tried them all...and REAL TALK

    SEARS Fleexes :yes: Not too expensive

    Adore Yummy tummy leggings

    and Spanx Tuxedo leggings

  • luVn_liFe…

    :pigsfly:

  • OutsidetheBox

    I did see where my wasit “seemed” pulled in more when I finished.
    _________

    It works. :yes: Some of them can be extreme, but a moderate would do the job if one was willing to give it a year or so. Same with like foot binding and chit. *shudders*

  • Just Looking

    Caramel Rain says:

    I DONT WEAR THOSE. I WORK OUT :tea:
    ________________
    I work out. (said in irritating voice)

    :kona:

  • http://santanasantana.wix.com/artist San ah make ya dance

    Don't make me giggle

  • PumpkinsMama

    Anyboy have a good recipe for a smoothie? :handclap:<=== idk it looks like he sayin "Hercules,Hercules"

  • Who Dat

    @Pumpkin...HUSHHHHHHHHHHHHH. :rofl: Whoo Lawd I know what you rolling your eyes at and I am mad at chew.

    Thanks @Otb. She is happy. Her uncle made her breffis this morning and they sitting at the table like :love:

    UGGGH :hurl: I dont know WHY that joka love my kids so much. They went to the grocery store last night and he let them get all KINDS OF JUNK. Like he used to do with me and my little sister and my mama used to be MAD as FIYAH. Now I know why :rofl:

  • Just Looking

    Making it Rain - You know I was kidding...Couldn't help myself

    *giggles

  • OutsidetheBox

    JCP do too. But that Body Magic thing? I copped one cause my BFF was SELLING em on some pyramid scheme shat. So I didnt pay $200 for one I had. Tried it. Hated it. No clue where it is to this day. I do shapewear. Not nessc. Spanx the BRAND. I have some pieces from them…but just reg erryday shapewear.
    ____________

    Dubb they was 2 hunnid? :shocked: :rofl: :rofl: At your hubby pulling you into it. I thought getting our jeans zipped was bad. :hahaha:

    Right just regular everyday shapewear. I think it could do every real life body some good. I remember one of my friends laughed at me cause I wear undershirts (really shapewear camis) but i was like :huh: bitch you dont..you should. :eek: Her bust wayyyy bigger than mine.

    SN: They closing any Penny's round your way. I am so glad they not closing mine. Where else would I buy OTB16 DDs in non-old ass lady styles. :|

  • Caramel Rain

    :hahaha: all good Just Looking

    :newpost:

  • Who Dat

    Anyboy have a good recipe for a smoothie?
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    I am currently on:
    Handful of spinach
    Tablespoon of honey (I like raw organic)
    Cup of vanilla soy milk
    6 strawberries
    Handful of blueberries
    Cinnamon

    Yummers. Other day I added in an indiviual applesauce I had in the cabinet too. Delish.

  • OutsidetheBox

    Fleexes
    ________

    +1111111 Oh yes!!! That is a good one!

  • OutsidetheBox

    Like he used to do with me and my little sister and my mama used to be MAD as FIYAH. Now I know why
    _________

    BUT why do we get so mad when ppl buy the kids bullchit ??? :rofl: Im the same way! I just be like look you gotta regulate the good stuff! :angry:

  • Milky

    @pm :lick:

  • PumpkinsMama

    :ashamed: But not really :rofl: Dubb least you giggled :hug:

  • PumpkinsMama

    @ Dubb THANKS cuz I think I gots alla dat in the crib :woot:

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    Tea Is Finally Here says:

    Sandra your readers are the best.. and this is the first blog I come to in the morning for my daily tea and shade.
    ________________

    Thanks hun. :welcome: to the family! Someone will be around shortly with a Welcome packet. It contains instructions on how to upload a Gravi so we can see your pretty face. :yes:

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    Trendsetter says:

    Hmm so this waist training that I’m currently doing with a corset could kill me???
    ______________

    The problem begins when women try and squeeze into a Spanx that is 2-3 sizes too small for them. :no:

  • Kn

    A lie.