Waist Training


Women across Instagram are wearing corsets while they work out. No really. Cristen and Caroline take on the waist training exercise fad by consulting corset history, waist training-wary doctors and studies suggesting shapewear should be worn with caution.

Episode sources:

"Compression Clothing: Not the Magic Bullet For Performance." http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/03/30/392378800/compression-clothing-not-the-magic-bullet-for-performance

"Everything You Know About Corsets Is Wrong." http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/everything-you-know-about-corsets-is-false/

"Getting Waisted: The Dangers of Corset Training." http://www.ebony.com/style/getting-waisted-the-dangers-of-corset-training-897#axzz3csFcdkpG

"How Corsets Work." http://people.howstuffworks.com/corset.htm/printable

"Spanx and Other Shapewear Are Literally Squeezing Your Organs." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/20/spanx-shapewear_n_4616907.html

"The dangers of teens in Spanx." http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2011/03/the-dangers-of-teens-in-spanx/index.htm

"This Woman Wore a Corset for 7 Years to Get a 16-Inch Waist." http://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/news/a32535/this-woman-wore-a-corset-for-7-years-to-get-a-16-inch-waist/

"What Is Waist Training?" http://www.harpersbazaar.co.uk/beauty/fitness-wellbeing/what-is-waist-training-kim-kardashian-exercise-workout

"What You Should Know About Waist Training." http://news.health.com/2015/03/10/what-is-waist-training/

Academic insights:

"Binding Femininity: An Examination of the Effects of Tightlacing on the Female Pelvis." Katherine Marie Klingerman. Thesis. University of Vermont. 2006. http://etd.lsu.edu/docs/available/etd-04072006-115441/unrestricted/Klingerman_thesis.pd

Topics in this Podcast: exercise, health, body image