Skinny jeans can be bad for your health. No, seriously. Incidents like this one described by the BBC show that skinny jeans could actually be damaging to your health and send you to the hospital in the extreme, worst-case scenarios.

A 35-year old woman wore skinny jeans while helping to move a house. She kept at the work even when she felt a tingling sensation in her legs, and then had her blood flow cut off and nerves damaged by her tight jeans. Her condition at the hospital was so terrible that she had to be placed on an IV drip for four days until she could walk again.

This is an extreme scenario, and should not mean that you need to take your skinny jeans and dump them in a bonfire. But there are also reports that men wearing skinny jeans risk tightening their testicles and increase the risk of urinary tract infections. Tight pants are not good for your health.

But if you are worried about these scenarios, here are certain things which you can do to ensure that skinny jeans are safe and that you look good in them. Because there are a lot of people who do not.

1. If it feels weird, stop wearing them

This seems to be common sense. But human history is filled with examples of us damaging our own bodies in the name of beauty. Think about corsets, or foot binding. While we may look upon those ancient practices with horror, incidents like the one described above show that we still make the same mistakes as our ancestors. We are willing to harm our health in order to look good.

What people need to remember is that if your body starts to hurt from what you are wearing, you need to stop and change your habits. It can be frustrating to wear a pair of jeans which make you look large. But sometimes, the only thing which you can do is endure it, and wear clothing which will ensure you are comfortable.

There is nothing wrong with wearing looser and fitter jeans, or perhaps trying on a dress for a change. That is certainly a better choice than wearing tight jeans which will hurt your health.

2. Dress for the occasion

It’s possible that the woman of the BBC story was able to wear her skinny jeans on normal occasions without an issue, but then encountered problems on repeatedly squatting and preparing to move out of the house. One only imagines what she’d do if had to use a porta potty in those uncomfortable jeans.

But this just highlights another common sense issue. Skinny jeans are probably not the best clothes to wear for a physically active things like moving. Even if you do not outright exercise, activities like gardening or moving requires clothes suitable to the occasion. Which means no skinny jeans.

3. Lose weight

Let us be honest. A lot of people wear skinny jeans and clothes like that because they are trying to convince themselves that they are not quite as chubby as they want to think they are. But if you want to wear skinny jeans, the first thing to do is to actually make yourself skinny.

And losing weight is not that difficult. Get some activity – even walking and running for a few minutes a day can go a long way towards improving your physical and mental health. Watch your diet and calories above all. Don’t look for some miracle way to do it. Keep at it for a while and you may be able to slim down in order to improve your figure and fit into those new jeans.

4. Keep safe

The BBC story about the poor woman may seem to be just an accident where things went wrong in the worst way possible. But it happened because she was willing to disregard her body’s warning signs because she was too concerned about looking good.

And she is not alone in that. Our society as a whole needs to be careful about what we wear or do in the name of beauty. If we are not careful, we will end up damaging our bodies over the long run. If other people can take a look at this woman’s example and learn not to wear skinny jeans when appropriate, or commit themselves to slimming down, then perhaps some good can come out of this incident over the long run.

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