First of all, I am not an english native speaker, however I will try to explain my issue as clear as possible. I am not asking for any diagnosis, but to clarify my question I will share my personal story .

My work needs about eight hours daily sitting in front of a computer. For that, trying to keep by body healthy, I start a new program, in which I change my food habits into healthier ones, and try to do exercises three times a week plus taking a walk daily for 20 min.

However dueto stress I am still facing a problem : I am thin, even though all fats are accumilating in the abs and waist!

I was thinking that, maybe wearing a coreset can prevent this accumilation of fat. So I did some research on different corsets products. However, what I found is that: as many warning of wearing such corset as many encouragings for wearing it. Maybe this is due to commercial facts.

My question is : From medical poin of view, Does wearing a corset has any disadvantages? What if I wear it for 8 hours a day ? does a corset affect the skin ( or as I read the fat under the skin ) ?

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    Fat will be deposited where your body decides fat should go and a corset won't change that. All it will do is make you very uncomfortable.
    – Carey Gregory
    Oct 20, 2016 at 19:12
  • @CareyGregory Thank you for your answer, however my question was : does a corset has any health side effects (other than feeling uncomfotable which is not really what i mean by body health) .
    – Nizar
    Oct 21, 2016 at 7:18
  • That was just a comment, not an answer.
    – Carey Gregory
    Oct 21, 2016 at 14:55

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1. Does wearing a corset have any disadvantages?


The wearing of a corset for extended periods of time to maintain or reduce waist size is called tightlacing. It is commented (though nowhere I can cite) that to effectively tightlace you need to use a Victorian-style steel/bone corset as modern elastic/rubber/plastic corsets don't exert enough force.

A typical tightlacing training routine begins with the use of a well-fitted corset and introduces very gradual decreases in the waist circumference. Lacing too tight too fast can cause extreme discomfort and short-term problems such as shortness of breath and faintness, indigestion, and chafing of the skin if a liner is not worn.

The diminished waist and tight corset reduce the volume of the torso. This is sometimes reduced even further by styles of corset that force the torso to taper towards the waist, which pushes the lower ribs inwards. Internal organs are moved closer together and out of their original positions in a way similar to the way that a pregnant woman's expanding uterus causes the organs to be displaced.

The volume of the lungs diminishes and the tightlacer tends to breathe intercostally – that is, with the upper portion of the lungs only. Due to the lower portion of the lungs being used less there is often a stereotype of mucosal build-up there; a slight and persistent cough is the sign of the body trying to clear this.

For more information on the effects on individual organs please see this Wikipedia Commons article.

Feel free to google any of the above, its simple biology. You cant magically break the rules of thermodynamics or human biology by squeezing your waist.

2. What if I wear it for 8 hours a day?

The same as above still applies.

3. Does a corset affect the skin ( or as I read the fat under the skin )?

In a way, it moves it around which does 'affect' it.

It does not build muscle and may lead to atrophy of your abdominals due to them not being used to stabilise you (as you rely on the corset).

For more information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tightlacing

There are some benefits to tempory waist restriction, when power/weightlifting a tight belt can be used to brace ones core against so that the persons posture is kept more rigid at higher weights. It can even help develop abdominal strength by giving you resistance to push against

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    But does a corset cause injury/tissue damage.
    – L.B.
    Dec 20, 2016 at 14:38
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    @TheEnvironmentalist No scientific study has been performed to test if corsets reduce weight gain because it's plainly obvious that they don't, otherwise it would break the rules of thermodynamics). It's another well-known weight-loss gimmick that does not work,
    – John
    Feb 20, 2017 at 8:04

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