Skinny Jeans could be bad for health

February 22, 2012 1:49:19 PM PST
If you have heartburn or random stomach pains the problem may not be what you're eating. It could be what you're wearing!

The style conscious have long suffered for fashion du jour, but your tight sexy clothes could be hazardous to your health.

Take your skinniest skinny jeans the slimmer the better, for fashion's sake, but if the "Dazed and Confused" skinny jeans struggle looks like your daily routine, there's a problem.

A tight pant leg can pinch the nerve in your upper thigh that's just under the skin, causing a temporary condition called Meralgia Paresthetica.

"It can cause terrible burning and pain in people who wear tight pant legs," Dr. Orly Avitzur said.

And according to one study, skinny jeans have also been linked to digestive problems, like heartburn and abdominal discomfort, even blood clots in the legs from all the restriction.

And for less restriction one quick tip when you're buying skinny jeans, look at the label.

The more spandex they have the more you can stretch. And if your skin is hanging over the top, the "muffin top" means you need to go up a size.

And trying to downsize with spandex body-slimmers or today's high-waisted cinching belts can create more nerve problems, and stomach aches if worn too tight.

Actress Octavia Spencer says she learned her lesson after piling on three pairs of Spanx for the SAG awards!

"I was trying to, to overcompensate. I felt bloated at the Globes, and I thought, well, if two pair, I mean, I look, it's smooth. I'm going to go for three. I'll never do it again," Octavia Spencer said.