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Kim Kardashian’s waist trainers are a hit, but doctors warn of ‘harmful side effects’

Page Six Style reports on the use and efficacy of waist trainers for weight loss according to an expert.

Page Six Style spoke to Dena Barsoum, MD, physiatrist at HSS, who said, "While they seem like a quick and easy fix, waist trainers don’t actually burn fat or make you lose weight, and there can be a lot of harmful side effects."

Dr. Barsoum explained, "There’s a reason our bodies have the shape that they do. Waist trainers compress everything in the abdomen; not just your muscles and skin, but your intestines, stomach, liver, spleen and kidneys, and all of those need space to function." As a result, wearers could experience indigestion and heartburn — or worse, cracked ribs and pinched nerves, she added.

While celebrities praise waist trainers as being the perfect gift for new moms to lose their baby weight, Dr. Barsoum advised, "It’s understandable that women are anxious to get back to their pre-baby physique, but between a healthy, balanced diet and exercise, you can shed those pounds in a healthy way — safely, over time — that will allow you to keep that weight off. Whereas with waist trainers, they’re not causing you to lose weight, they’re just pushing things in different directions.”

Read the full article at Pagesix.com. This also appeared in the print edition of New York Post on Monday, October 7, 2019.

Additional coverage: Mycolumbusmagic.com.