In 2014, Emma Watson gave an interview to the Sunday Times in which she stated that the fashion industry is “unhealthy”. She may be right. Fashion is a billion dollar industry — most people think that being in style makes them look better — but most people don’t realize that certain trends can pose major health risks. Here are three fashion trends that can be hazardous to your health.
High heels are stylish and can boost your confidence, but experts confirm they also bring major health risks. High heels force your feet into unnatural positions and put all your body weight on your toes. According to a study published in the International Journal of Clinical Practice, wearing high heels for too long can weaken your ankles due to the extreme pressure the shoes place on them.
Along with damaging your ankles, high heels also increase your risk of developing osteoarthritis. A study conducted by Stanford University suggests that wearing high heels for too long can damage knee joints. In a study published in the Journal of Orthopedic Research, researchers selected 14 women and monitored their knees while they were walking wearing different types of shoes. Researchers found that higher heels put extreme pressure on the knees and concluded that the strain can damage knee joints.
Tattooing is a popular fashion trend, with an estimated $1.6 billion spent annually on tattoos in the US alone. Statistics show that one in five people in the US has a tattoo, but science offers many reasons to live with your natural skin.
In a study conducted by the Langone Medical Center, senior researcher Dr. Marie Leger recruited approximately 300 tattooed participants aged 18 to 69. She found that six percent of the participants suffered from tattoo-induced infection, skin irritation or swelling.
Tattooing also carries risks of diseases like HIV, hepatitis B and C and other blood-borne diseases. Dirty needles and harmful chemicals in tattoo ink are the biggest culprits.
Skinny jeans are one of the most popular fashion trends in the world. So many celebrities wear them that many people follow the trend. However, there are risks associated with skinny jeans.
Rumors of skinny jeans causing health problems started when a 35-year old woman fell in Adelaide Park because the pressure of her jeans blocked blood flow to her calf muscles. This was not a rare incident. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission reported more than 80,000 pants-related injuries in 2014.
Skinny jeans that are tight enough to interfere with blood circulation can create a variety of health issues. A study conducted by the experts of TENA Men found that 50% of men who wear tight skinny jeans suffer from groin pain and 25% experience bladder-related health problems.
People have done and worn crazy things in the name of fashion, and most trends are harmless. But the fact that everyone wears high heels and skinny jeans or has a tattoo does not mean these trends are safe. Following fashion can mean risking your health and well-being just to be in style.