It is the desire of everyone to be seen in the best outfit. However, there is evidence to show that some of these fashion accessories are dangerous to the health. As recent research has shown, it is indeed good to be fashion conscious, and also very crucial to be health conscious at the same time.
This is because researchers have found that people ought to be wary of fashion items such as, stilettos, skin-tight jeans, dangling earrings, tight-fitted shorts amongst others. For instance, lingerie experts say 75 to 80 per cent of women wear the wrong size of bra that gives little or no support to their breasts. This, they say, can lead to breast pain and back strain. A recent article published by the Wall Street Journal has also shown that squeezing into tight pants can lead to numbness, digestive issues and nerve compression.
In the same vein, scientists have found that abdominal discomfort, distension, and heartburn can arise due to ill-fitting clothes. Wearing a tight-fitting tie is said to predispose a man to headache, blurred vision or tingling around the ear. Another study published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology suggests that tightly worn ties may temporarily increase the eye pressure measurement. It added that increased intraocular eye pressure is a known risk factor for developing glaucoma and also affects the optic nerve cable that connects the eye to the brain.
Tight-fitted shirts and ties are not the only fashion items hazardous to health. Even shoes, especially heels that are higher than two inches, have been linked to bunions, hammertoe, stress fractures and ankle sprains. Some other ailments associated with this include ‘pump bumps’ (bony protrusions on the back of heels), Mortons neuroma (an injury to the nerve between the toes), and Freiberg infraction (in which case some foot bones die due to lack of circulation.)
In the same vein, the use of heavy earrings has also been found to be responsible for the stretching of ear lobes as well as injuries.
By AJIBOLA AJISAFE