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“Wearing tight shape wear can cause blood clots & death” – Health Experts




Lagos (NAN) – An Orthorpaedic Surgeon, Akintayo Akindele, on Friday in Lagos, cautioned women against wearing tight body shapers to guard against gastrointestinal problems, nerve damage and even deadly blood clots.

Akindele of the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that body shaping underwear, popularly called  “girdles’’ among women, were used to achieve a slimmer look.

He said that the undergarments which also help women achieve a smooth, flat stomach could pose serious health risk as they may restrict blood flow around the body.

“When women wear really tight body shapers, it can decrease and restrict the blood flow.

“This can lead to blood clots which can travel to the lungs, heart, the brain and even lead to death.

“Tight shape wear can be restrictive; you may have trouble breathing properly. Some women have even fainted in extreme cases.

“Such extremely tight garment squeezes the lungs, causing your lungs to have difficulty expanding enough to take in a proper amount of oxygen,’’ he said.

Akindele said that body shapers gave the illusion of a smaller figure, flattening the stomach and bringing in the waist line.

He, however, urged women to ensure that they wear body shapers that fit comfortably to prevent health problems.

Muhyi Abubakar, an Orhorpaedic Surgeon at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Abuja, said women should be careful not to choose tight body shapers.

Abubakar said that most women wear tight body shapers as substitute for losing weight.

“Tight body shapers are not good substitute for losing weight which is the major reason most women wears them.

“You are just squeezing the body too much and you are placing either direct pressure on to a nerve or squeezing internal organs,’’ he said.

Abubakar advised women to eat right and engage in regular physical exercise for weight loss rather than resort to body shapers.

“If you must wear body shapers, ensure you are very comfortable in it. If you notice that your curves are not smoothed out, this means that you need a larger size, not a smaller one.

“The fact is you have to listen to your body.

“If you are uncomfortable, it suggests that you are not wearing the right type or size of body shapers and this could lead to health risks,’’ said the expert.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. bruno

    September 21, 2014 at 12:28 am

    Biko, what are these nigerians telling us, that we don’t already know. We have zero researchers in nigeria, we keep waiting for the white man to come up with inventions and studies, then we copy, and paste.


    September 21, 2014 at 12:44 am


  3. tunmi

    September 21, 2014 at 2:59 am

    It makes sense.


    September 21, 2014 at 4:39 am

    Eat less, work out and you wont need a tight shape wear.

  5. T.

    September 21, 2014 at 5:16 am

    Bn thanks Alot for dis..its really educating .I almost fainted some days ago,I was wearing girdles Coudn’t breath,Immediatly I remove it..I feel relieved..I was trying to get my flat tummy back after 2kids my Baby is just 7months old..I better hit the gym..Make I no go die truway biko

    • Obehi

      September 21, 2014 at 7:59 pm

      Yeye dey worri u

  6. cynthia

    September 21, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Ok will have heard u.

  7. Trendy Angel

    September 21, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Eat more of good diets and exercise too.

  8. Jackie Onassis

    September 21, 2014 at 10:13 am

    But of course!! It is such common sense!!! Only mumus don’t understand that.. DUH!!!

  9. deb

    September 21, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Very true. I wore a body shaper to a party in june and guess what, small chops could not go down. I resorted 2 drinking champagne….

    • lala

      September 21, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      lol. hope u were not too drunk.

    • deb

      September 21, 2014 at 4:39 pm

      No. I just had a bottle&half of Moet&Chandon brut.,just like drinking a litre of water. LOL

  10. Mary

    September 21, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    I guess their girdle is called no pain no gain. Good luck to those that want to cut corners by not working out and eating healthy.

  11. Nwa ara

    September 21, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    I hope Toolz is listening

  12. @edDREAMZ

    September 21, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    None of this things concerns me….

    • Que

      September 22, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      It concerns the females in your family, scchool or workplaces. Even your female friends. This I don’t care attitude is what’s keeping Nigeria backwards… disseminate the information to all females you know. Knowledge is power

  13. gentle

    September 21, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    This is very interesting and thank God for this information cos I was just about to get one .I really need to gym right away.

  14. Bunmi Lawal

    September 21, 2014 at 4:38 pm


  15. Itsjusme

    September 21, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    I have this kind of shape wear and I am fed up of it…I’m fat less at day and shapeless at night. So I joined fitness first and changing my diet! Last week was the last straw…. I thought I was going to faint…my head was hearting, I couldn’t breathe properly and my food didn’t settle. Take heed to the warning

  16. Zita

    September 21, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Toolz, Lilian Unachukwu and co…una don hear?

    Naija folks love quick fixes….leaving that every-day rice, eba, bread alone won’t gree them. So they’d rather chop as they like and get a quick fix. Eat low carbs,, more protein, fruits and veggies and u’ll see results quick! Add on exercise for a toner bod.

  17. koins

    September 21, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Looool! How convenient.. I just bought a waist trainer!

  18. chido

    September 21, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    Eat healthy and work out is key 2 loosin dat fat,anyoda way causes complications

  19. Wifey

    September 22, 2014 at 6:29 am

    lol … this reminds me of something I read on a blog years ago. I heard some women were getting braces and tieing the braces shut… so they don’t eat… and lose weight.

    I’m laughing even as I type this, Na wa. That is called extreme measures. I don’t know if it was true. I read it on some Nigerian blog.

    • Zara

      September 22, 2014 at 7:42 am

      Yup that’s true…my sis- in -law did it!!!soooo ridic……..

    • xyz

      September 22, 2014 at 8:44 am

      It’s old gist na,people have been doing that for years!

  20. heeba

    September 22, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Body Magic wearers and waisttrainer peeps …Una Don Hear!!! some peeps actually sleep with them and exercise with them.NO SHORT CUT Exercise and eat healthy period.

  21. stefini

    September 22, 2014 at 10:06 am

    tell that to kim kardasian ,she’s the winner of tightness

  22. Oyaga

    September 22, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Tell them oooo!!!!!!!! That mumu Dillish always advertising waist trainers on IG, Kim Kardash, Toolz, Muna, Waje (pls did u all notice how packed she was in that vid with Tiwa?!)

    Please love yourselves, eat moderately, exercise moderately (coz, ain’t nobody got time for a hulk hogan looking lady) and last but not the least, learn to suck belle… finish *big grin*

  23. African Remy

    September 23, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Do some exercise and eat good food – best way. Then we won’t be relying on such things!

    Check out my first YouTube video. Don’t forget to subscribe x

  24. Tosin

    November 14, 2014 at 8:12 am

    But what is all this?
    e e tie shaanu ara yin rara (be kinder to yourself, please)

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