‘Waist training’ – quick fix or unhealthy solution to achieving an hourglass figure? – BBC Trending

A trend for ‘waist training’ has become a regular and controversial talking point on social media sites like Instagram.

Waist training involves wearing a device made from tight material – think of a modern-day, gym-friendly version a Victorian corset – for long periods of time in the hope of changing the body. Hundreds of thousands of people have been sharing their experiences of waist trainers online, but there’s also been a backlash against them.

So what are they? And could they be harmful?

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