The media frenzy after a woman was hospitalised for wearing skinny jeans has seen a fervent increase of interest in the medical dangers of certain fashion trends. But the health hazards of wearing tight clothing are not a recent discovery. The harmful consequences of being on trend can be traced back over many centuries, most notably the Chinese tradition of foot binding, where lifelong pain was the price of beauty.
This recent case of skinny jeans resulting in compartment syndrome may be construed as a rare occurrence. Yet the physical consequences of these five other trends will certainly leave a memorable mark, not just in the history of fashion but also that of medical research.
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