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What Is Waist Training?

These Celebs Are Obsessed With Waist Training — Would You Try It?

When Khloé Kardashian recently posted an Instagram snap of her new waist trainer, it got people buzzing. Many people believed that corsets became obsolete (aside from costume purposes) in the early 20th century, so seeing one on an A-lister in 2015 was a bit jarring! Khloé's sister Kim is also a fan of the practice . . . but does it actually have any benefits?

According to Women's Health, waist training doesn't accomplish much aside from making your stomach sweat. While celebrities like the Kardashians and even Jessica Alba swear by cinching their waists in tight corsets for hours on end to achieve a slimmer figure, it may actually cause bodily harm. "Once you take the garment off, your body will return to its usual shape. It's also uncomfortable, restricts your movements, and if you wear it really tight, it can even make it difficult to breathe and theoretically could cause rib damage," said Yale professer and MD Mary Jane Minkin of waist training for weight-loss purposes.

Despite the risks, A-listers swear by their corsets to lose inches off their waists. Would you try the tactic?

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