Is Fashion Harmful to Your Health?
This article will discuss the harmful measures women take to ensure they are media barbies. Although there will be a few factors discussed with regard to harmful fashion choices, the main culprit and focus of this article is how damaging high heels are for your health. The fact that media prescribes fashion and unrealistic goals in order to achieve a particular “cultural” look is disturbing because they do not provide health warnings as they do on cigarette cartons and liquor bottles. If a manufacturer is aware of a health risk, it should become public knowledge. If you sell a product or service, you should be accountable for sharing health warnings or take the risk of being sued.
It is time for a revolution and it begins here. Although the focus of this article regards fashion choices that lead to health risks, the logical thing to think is that women may not have health issues if they were warned about the risks involved and informed about ways to decrease risks if they still choose to purchase a product or service after seeing the warning. It is unfair that we have to be deceived and play guessing games when it comes to our health. Why not make people responsible for the products and services they sell?
I am not in the shoe business, but if I were; I would certainly research health risks that can result from wearing high heels. I would not sell you a gun without informing you that you can accidentally kill yourself and others. I would not sell you contact lenses without a warning if I knew they may result in blindness. What about a code of ethics and corporate social responsibility?
According to the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) (2015), high heels are bad for your feet, achilles tendon, knees and your back. When you wear high heels, your toes are foced into a small space typically without wiggle room. Also, because your toes are pointed downward and squarshed into an unnatural position, your weight is distributed unevenly. The heel of your foot being raised stretches your achilles tendon which is a risk factor for future flexibility of the tednon. The achilles tendon allows you to point your foot and stand flat. Wearing heals for a prolonged amount of time will change the natural movement of your tendon.
If one in 10 women are wearing high heals for a minimum of three days a week please continue to read this article. If you are a heel newbie, this article is also for you. If you do not wear heels or wear low heels, please pass my article on to a friend or relative. This issue is being pushed because according to Dr. Nevins (2015), a reference for the AOA article mentioned above; some health issues resulting from wearing heals are permanent. Nevins maintains that long term toe cramming into a narrow box can cause irreversible damage to your leg tendons as well as cause ingrown toenails. Ouch! Further health risks include osteoarthritis of the knee, lower back pain, plantar fasciitis and a host of other health risks. Strain is not only caused to your lower back and knees from tilting forward on your toes, but also to your hips.
Standing in the heel position affects your spine and your nerves. Constant pressure on your spine can lead to sciatica, muscle shortening in your calves as well as your back, which leads to spasms (AOA, 2015). Let us not neglect our ankles ladies. “A recent study conducted at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte has found that although wearing high heels initially strengthens a woman’s ankle muscles, it eventually leads to instability and weakening of those same muscles” (Caba, 2015). I am sure that all of these health issues are painful, however; I can say with certainty from experience that sciatica is very painful and as I do not believe in taking pain pills, I had to suffer pain and numbness from my lower back and hip stretching down to my feet. This was not a result of wearing high heals, rather; I had an accident at work. The point is that sciatica is extremely painful all day-everyday and I wanted to cry all day-everyday. The pain was unbearable. Please, be mindful of the pain you can and will endure from wearing high heels constantly.
Avoid these health risks by choosing sensible heals which are heels that are about 2 inches high, wear soft insoles, wear the right size shoes providing wiggle room and stretch your feet and calf muscles daily.
For the makeup goers, you will be pleased to know that makeup can cause certain reactions and issues but they are not longterm. Further, when issues arise, there are remedies for control and precautions in order to decrease the risks. Some women are allergic to certain ingredients in makeup and can choose different brands to avoid allergic reactions. Another issue regards blocking the pores of your skin. Blocking your pores may result in acne, however; there are ways to decrease the risk. Washing makeup off of your skin after exercise and at the end of the day should become routine. Further, look for oil and fragrance free cosmetics because oils cause pore blockage and fragrance may cause allergic reactons (Siddons, 2015). “An allergic reaction to cosmetic ingredients, irritant contact dermatitis can come in two types according to Mayo Clinic: Irritant contact dermatitis, the most commom reaction which affects the skin’s most outer protective layer, and allergic contact dermatitis, when an alergen triggers an immune reaction in your skin.” Whether or not these issues are longterm caution should be taken seriously because issues result from contact dermatitis which include neurodermatitis (lichen simplex chronicus), fungal and bacterial infections (Rago, 2013).
Many of us are aware that sleep is healing and heals our bodies when we rest. If you do not wash makeup off of your skin before you go to sleep, the healing process and moisturizing and facial processes fight the makeup clogged in your pores and is useless.
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Caba, J. (2015). Negative Effects of High Heels: New Research Confirms What Wearing High Heels Can Do To A Woman’s Ankles.
Rago, E. (2013). Four Ways Makeup Affests Your Skin. Retrieved from
Siddons, S. (2015). How Does Makeup Affect Your Skin? Retrieved from