Fashion crime

Skinny jeans linked to “neurological complications” in Australian woman

Marilynn K. Yee/The New York Times

Many of us know the pain of squeezing our lower halves into the medieval torture contraptions known as “skinny jeans.” So ladies, rejoice: there may be a legitimate reason as to why we should no longer subject ourselves to the devil’s incarnate of clothing. An Australian woman recently collapsed in a park and arrived at the hospital complaining of a lack of sensation in her lower legs and feet. The doctors who treated her determined that the woman had sustained substantial damage to her muscle and nerve fibers, and attributed her symptoms to one very tight pair of skinny jeans. Researchers who studied the woman’s condition claimed that the damage had been caused by compression in the calves, which led to a type of pressure build-up known as “compartment syndrome.” The Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry has called this phenomenon the “new neurological complication of wearing tight jeans,” Moral of the story? It’s time to break out the sweatpants.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.

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