Skinny jeans have been the number one style of jean for most women and even some men for a long time now. They are very fashionable but I think that very few people have serious thoughts about what extremely tight-fitting jeans can do to you when it comes to your health. There was always slight speculation by people, and even TIME Magazine, that just like high heels, skinny jeans are not the best thing to wear if you want to keep the muscles and nerve-endings in your legs healthy.
But, just recently, three scientists have attempted to confirm with a scientific publication that skinny jeans can be the one to blame when it comes to enlarged muscles and damaged nerve-endings in your legs. However, I have a problem with this study. There was no formal experiment done to fully reject or accept the null hypothesis (that skinny jeans do not cause nerve and muscle damage). Instead, the three scientists got together and focused on one woman’s anecdotal account of how she was wearing skinny jeans when she was helping a family move and this included a lot of squatting in order to pick up boxes and such. This squatting in such tight denim caused numbness in one foot, severe ankle damage, and very enlarged lower calf muscles.
Her jeans had to be cut off and the scientists concluded that all of this is due to the skinny jeans she was wearing that night. Although this woman’s story does strongly hint at the fact that skinny jeans are not good for women to wear all the time, it doesn’t completely prove that skinny jeans are the ultimate problem. Why is it that this woman experienced acute leg pain but most other women who wear skinny jeans do not report the same problem? It could be that this woman’s skinny jeans malfunction is due to pre-existing health problems that makes the leg enlarged and causes ankle damage. On Mayo Clinic it was said that some reasons for the inflammation of leg tissue can be due to a problem with the lymphatic system, the circulatory system, or the kidneys. They also said that this inflaming in the legs can be caused by sprained or broken ankles. And while I don’t think this woman’s ankle was broken while she was helping a family move, it could be that her ankle was sprained due to helping in the move and this led to the inflammation of her right leg. There are many confounding variables that could be going on here that these scientists either didn’t account for or didn’t find due to the fact that they conducted an observational study instead of an experiment.
In short, I don’t think that people should stop wearing skinny jeans based off of this study. There is not enough evidence to support that skinny jeans are bad for your health and lifestyle decisions should not be based off of an anecdotal account. It doesn’t seem to be a widespread phenomenon that skinny jeans are inflicting harm to their wearers. Personally, I never had any problems with wearing my own pair of skinny jeans. In fact, when I heard that skinny jeans were bad for your health through some people here and there, I was very skeptical. Looking further into the issue, I can see that until more research has been conducted, people’s worries are unwarranted. Skinny jeans are just as healthy for you as high heels. And with that being said, it is up to you the health risks that you are willing to take.