Skinny Jeans Could be Hazardous to your Health?!


Hipster jeans gave us the ”muffin top” and five-centimetre fly, while the super-tube left unsuspecting women exposed to ”camel toe” and ”crack flash”.

Now, it’s medical – the latest trendy denims are a proven health hazard.

Devotees of the skinny jean may be unaware that cramming their bodies into tight denim can cause nasty damage to a sensory nerve under the hip bone, leaving the wearer with a tingling or burning sensation and numbness in the thigh.

The fashion affliction, which overseas has earned the nickname ”Calvin Klein syndrome”, is known in medical circles as Meralgia paraesthetica.

Queensland General Practice president John Kastrissios said the condition was common among women who regularly wore tight, hip-hugging jeans.

”If you wear something very tight, especially low-cut, the superficial sensory nerve of the upper thigh can get compressed,” Dr Kastrissios said.

Compression of the peripheral nerve, the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve, could cause aching in the groin area and across the buttocks, he said.

”More common is the absence or impairment of feeling across the upper thigh, which can last up to six weeks,” Dr Kastrissios said.

The condition is usually not serious. In about 95 per cent of cases, symptoms will disappear without any need for medical treatment.

In rare instances, surgery may be required to decompress the nerve.

The condition was most common among slim women, whose sensory nerve was more superficial, but men were also affected, Dr Kastrissios said.

Worn by celebrity icons such as The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger and supermodel Kate Moss, skinny jeans traditionally taper to the ankle.

High-waisted styles are also in fashion.

Paula Acheson, owner of Paddington’s Petrol Boutique, said skinny jeans would continue to be women’s preferred denims, no matter the consequences.

”We would sell 10 pairs of skinny jeans to one wide-legged pair,” Ms Acheson said.

”They are definitely our highest selling item.”

University student Cassandra Peszko, 18, owns eight pairs of skinny jeans and was surprised to hear about the potential health risk.

”They are a staple item in my wardrobe,” Ms Peszko said.

”It could only be a matter of time before I can’t feel my leg.”

However, Ms Peszko, who also works as a promotional model, said she would continue to wear her favourite skinnies ”to death”. Source

Hey – beauty is pain, right? Why else would we wear 6 inch heels – not because they are comfortable! If you are wearing your jeans so tight that they compress a nerve, then they are maybe a little too tight. But otherwise, long live skinnies.


  1. those jeans you posted are not “skinny” enough. they only belong to straight leg jeans. on the other hand i’m surprised that skinny jeans are still selling well as opposed to wide leg jeans. i thought ppl were tired of skinny jeans already?!?

  2. I love skinnies, but technically, isn’t it poor fit or tight waist that is causing this problem? All jeans with skinny legs aren’t tight.

  3. LMFAO.
    mk. Gawdlordd.
    The only thing special about skinny jeans is they are skinny at the ankles…
    NOOTTTT to waist. Almost any pair of pants worn by women and teens are going to be tight as hell. soo, do a study on how women wear jeans, not skinny jeans in general.
    Jeans hurting you, puhleeaasse.
    People need less time on their hands.

  4. Ha i love skinny jeans im wearing a pair right now =]
    And i have a quetion what the fuck are you talking about
    skinny jeans hurting people?? Thats stupid…People ÔÖÑ
    these jeans cause they look amazingg on them lIKE MEE

  5. i luv skinny jeans i’ve wanted them since i was 8 this could proboly be my chance to get a pair of those jeans but i don’t knw where to get them in vancouver

  6. skinny jeans are everywhere, every brand makes them, any department store you can pick them up at or you can order online at places like Singer22, Revolveclothing, shopbop etc 🙂

  7. bought 2 pair day before yester day they are confterbal as hell wide leg jeans to when you buy the right size that ftts and dosnt cut off the cerculation the leg hug the legs but they arnt omg tight i got mine a forever21 like in my opinion best store ever and they are denium with a stretch to them feels like im almost not wearing jeans 🙂 i think they look supper sexy. with heels or boots or what ever you prefer. any item of clothing can be hazerdus if you think your a zeroor what ever sizing method they use and can yeah put them on and buttion them but look to me like you cant breath get a biger size and you wont have a hazzerduse problem. you want them to be cozy and fitabley conferrtable. not omg i think my pantce but will rip and i want my but to esxtra stick out so lets go smaller.

  8. Anything can could hazardous to health, cigarette can could lung cancer, there still many smoker. I been wearing tight & skinny jean about 5 year, now I’m choose to wear the korean style. Life can’t live without a pair of tight & skinny jean.