Skinny Jeans Health Effect: Good or Bad?

Earlier, we wondered if Zac Efron’s love for skinny jeans could affect his health? Well, it turns out that wearing skinny jeans does affect one’s health. They even have a name for it: tingling thigh syndrome. No, we didn’t make that up. It’s really a condition developed by one who wears super-tight jeans.

Here’s a recent story by MSNBC of a woman named Parmeeta Ghoman who was afflicted with the tingling thigh syndrome:

Ghoman’s skin-tight denim may have caused a temporary bout of a nerve condition called meralgia paresthetica, also known as “tingling thigh syndrome.” The condition can happen when constant pressure — in Ghoman’s case, from the skin-tight denim — cuts off the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve, causing a numb, tingling or burning sensation along the thigh.

Typically, sufferers of the nerve condition include construction workers or police officers with heavy, low-slung belts, pregnant women or obese people; it also can result from a pulled-tight seat belt in a car accident.

But over the last several years, experts say they’ve been seeing more young women at a healthy weight complain of symptoms. The culprit: too-tight jeans.

See, we told yah? A neurological doctor further explains the condition:

“The nerve, in some people, is susceptible to compression,” says Dr. John England, a New Orleans neurologist and a member of the American Academy of Neurology. The femoral cutaneous nerve, he explains, runs from the outside of the pelvis and through the thigh. “It is a pure sensory nerve — it doesn’t go to muscles or provide strength. Anything that is tight around there could potentially compress the nerve that goes there.”

So there, Famewatchers, now you know the possible effect of supertight jeans. We’re not saying of course that you totally avoid them skinnies, what we’re saying is that you should not overuse them. Our rule of thumb: If it’s too tight, it may not be right.