Sunday, May 31, 2009

The perils of fashion

Should skinny jeans be worn only in moderation?

Regardless of what the fashion police might decree, one Yale doctor definitely agrees.

In an ABC News article published Friday, School of Medicine neurologist Orly Avitzur said the hipster staple may cause meralgia paresthetica, which is a pain or numbing sensation that extends from the spinal column to the thigh.

In times past, the condition was found in girdle wearers, Avitzur said. Nowadays — though girdles may be out of fashion and all — the condition is apparently reappearing in “women and young hipster men,” as the article put it, who often wear tight, lycra-infused denim.

Meralgia paresthetica begins when a nerve in the groin is compressed by tight clothing. ... Once started, the condition can linger for weeks or sometimes months if the damage is extensive, even after the afflicted individual has cast aside the skinny jeans responsible, Avitzur said. She estimated that four in 10,000 people have suffered from the condition.
--Yale Daily News on fashion before health

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